If you didn’t pick up Sentai Filmworks/Section23 Films’ Grave of the Fireflies back in March, well, you’ve got a high-def option if you’re looking to check out Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahara’s autobiographical tale of life in Hiroshima after the bomb. It’s coming November 20th, along with a slew of other DVD and Blu releases.
I reached out to Section23 for the disc’s details, and learned it will include the theatrical trailer, production sketches, and a Japanese promotional video. On the audio side, the disc will include a 5.1 HD English track and 2.0 Japanese track with English subs.
You can check out the details on the rest of Section23’s November slate after the jump.
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 (DVD/Blu-ray)
Synopsis: When humans came down from the sky they brought with them the Testament, the guide to the path they must follow if they wish to return to the skies again. Now, in a strange world where only the islands of Japan are inhabitable, the nations of the world vie for power and protect the portions of Japan that they have claimed. And each is armed with its own ultimate weapon: a Roysmoi Opro, an Armor of Deadly Sins. But there may be a far greater threat to mankind than the Roysomi Opro, for the Testament ends abruptly, and it is now the last year. Is this the end of humanity, or can Tori Aoi and his fellow students from the aerial metropolitan ship Musashi somehow affect the course of destiny? Who and what is the HORIZON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?
Psychic Squad Collection 4 (DVD)
Synopsis: There are “problem children,” there are children with issues, and then there are children whose very existence is such a concern that keeping an eye on their development is a matter of international security. Pre-teen psychics Kaoru, Aoi and Shiho definitely fall into the latter category, and the odds that they will eventually turn to evil and use their abilities against the world have continued to grow ever since B.A.B.E.L. first recruited them to help fight other psychics who’ve already succumbed to the dark side. That’s a problem that’s been weighing heavily on the mind of Minamoto, their assigned guardian, and it’s going to get even worse once one of them actually gets IN his mind! Still, with Black Phantom, P.A.N.D.R.A. and their teams of rogue espers still causing chaos, there’s no choice except to fight fire with fire. But will limiting the squad’s abilities with artificial means be enough to keep them from going over the edge? Get ready for a whole new level of mind over matter as three little girls grow up and graduate to the big leagues in the final mind-shattering volume of PSYCHIC SQUAD!
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (DVD/Blu-ray)
Synopsis: When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger-a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life. But at what cost? Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a spellbinding new work from Japanese visionary Makoto Shinkai, who amazed audiences the world over with Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters per Second. Now, with Children, Shinkai affirms his place as one of animation’s most original voices.
The Slave Ship (DVD)
Synopsis: Onimata Kan is famous for two things: a successful career writing S&M erotica, and hosting the erotic gatherings aboard what has come to be known as the Slave Ship, where the main attraction is the auctioning of the services of sexual partners willing to fulfill any desire. So if it’s all consensual, there’s no harm, right? At least, that’s what Onimata believes until he learns that one of the frequent auctionees has gone insane, and that her husband believes the cause is related to a stalker she acquired. Are the activities aboard the Slave Ship somehow to blame? Fearing the answer, Onimata goes to investigate the mysterious Kitagawa, and soon learns that his own writings only hint at the extremes to which some will go. From the famed pen of S&M novelist and screenwriter Oniruku Dan comes a tale that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy. Is this a work of fiction or a documentation of fact? You’ll have to determine the truth for yourself, once you’ve booked passage aboard THE SLAVE SHIP!
Cluster Edge Collection 2 (DVD)
Synopsis: The epic tapestry of history may be composed of millions of threads, but there are always a select few upon which the entire weight of humanity ultimately comes to bear. As the thread of Chalce, the artificial soldier that Agate saved on his way to Cluster E.A, slowly begins to unravel, the mysteries surrounding Agate’s own past begin to be revealed with staggering implications. Unfortunately, Agate, himself, may not survive the revelation! As Vesuvia tortures Agate in an attempt to get him to unleash his powers, and Chrome attempts a daring rescue, the discovery of Chalce’s diary may change the course of destiny itself! Will the path woven by Chalce’s past actions become crucial to understanding, and perhaps changing, the fate that has been planned for Agate, the artificial soldiers and the entire human race? Against a God of Judgment, the truth is mankind’s only hope in the second and final collection of CLUSTER EDGE!
Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray)
Synopsis: As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth, their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying.
Intrigue In The Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
Synopsis: As wandering mercenary Yojiro Akizuki and the Yuyama Troupe continue their search for vengeance, the flames of war engulf the Shogunate, moving ever further north. In search of the Head of the Conqueror, Akizuki and the troupe follow, but when Kakunojo stumbles upon a cursed sword the hunters may become the hunted. The fate of a nation hangs in the balance but it’s the destiny of the individual lives that will determine the outcome as adversaries become allies, friends become enemies and the blood continues to follow in the conclusion of Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto!