Jubei’s back–and not in a sequel, a remake, or a TV series, either. This winter, Section23 Films is rereleasing Madhouse Studios’ “Ninja Scroll” on DVD and giving the anime classic its first domestic Blu-ray release.
After years being a staple of defunct publisher Manga Entertainment’s lineup (they were responsible for its VHS and later DVD releases here), the feature is finally in the hands of another publisher, putting it back into circulation after being out of print for a while. Besides putting the movie within reach for anyone out there unwilling to pay the average $70 for a used copy of the 1998 and 2003 anniversary DVDs, the Blu-ray release will also be the first time the film’s been released in the U.S. in high definition.
No words on features or if it’ll have come in the slick steelbook packaging of the November release for the UK, but we’ll check in with Section23 for more info.
Title: “Mashiroiro Symphony ~ The Color Of Lovers” (DVD)
Synopsis: When boys suddenly get into places where they’ve never been allowed before, some girls tend to get upset. So when the decision is made to merge the elite Yuihime Girls’ Private Academy and the coeducational Kagamidai Private Academy, everyone wants to take extra care in bringing the two Privates together. Therefore, rather than just sticking the Kagamida boys into the Yuihime girls all at once, a plan is concocted in which a group of test males will be inserted into the Girls’ Private Academy first. Thus it is that poor young Shingo finds himself being thrown as a sacrificial lamb to the lionesses of Yuihime, who aren’t exactly waiting for him with open arms. Will Shingo manage to survive the estrogen soaked death pit that is Yuihime? Can the girls learn to be more receptive to the boys? And just how long until something involving panties will cause emotions to flare, sparks to fly and the war between the sexes to explode? It’s a desperate battle to turn discord into making sweet music together in MASHIROIRO SYMPHONY ~ The Color of Lovers!
Title: “Ninja Scroll” (DVD and Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Swords shatter, blood sprays and demons suck the life out of dying men as the wildest samurai adventure ever made is unleashed to tear your senses asunder! Jubei Kibagami has always been the master dealer of death, but in rescuing a ninja woman from a monster he sets loose a chain of events that puts death in his own veins and sends them on a nightmarish odyssey through a surreal and devil infested ancient Japan. How do demonic possessions, an annihilated village and a man Jubei thought safely buried in his past all connect? If Jubei can’t piece the blood-soaked clues together, his only consolation will be that he won’t live to regret it for very long! Prepare your mind and steel your gut for the insanely gore-packed orgy of violence that still stands alone and unchallenged as the ultimate anime action feature: the epic milestone in animation that is the legendary NINJA SCROLL.
Title: “Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Complete Collection (DVD)
Synopsis: Arumi and Sasshi seem to be normal, twelve-year-old kids living in Osaka, but things are not what they seem. Suddenly, Arumi and Sasshi find themselves in a world like their own… only not! As they try to fight their way back to the real world, they’ll face menacing mushrooms, big-breasted space pirates, killer kung-fu fighters, a tripped-out transvestite, and a sorcerer who seems to be in a mid-life crisis. And that’s just the beginning. They say there’s no place like home, but this ain’t exactly Oz, and it sure as heck ain’t Kansas! So, hold on to your hats and get ready for one wildly wacky, frenetically funny ride as reality takes an extended vacation in the madcap, spaced-out world of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi.
Title: “Letter Bee Collection 1” (DVD)
Synopsis: In a dark land of near-perpetual night, only a single artificial sun illuminates a single city, and communication between the rest of the world is made possible only by the Letter Bees – elite couriers who must fight against monsters known as Gaichuu in order to make their deliveries. Having been saved by a Letter Bee when his mother was kidnapped years ago, Lag Seeing has finally gained employment at the Bee Hive, but he’s quickly learning that the dangerous job has become even more lethal, with renegade humans now targeting the Letter Bees as well. Fortunately, Lag’s been blessed with the ability to see into the memories of others, and every Bee is also supposed to find a “Dingo,” a partner to watch their back. However, when Lag finally finds his Dingo, she’s not at all what he expected. In fact, she may end up being the girl who kicks over the entire hornet’s nest! But no matter what the stings of fate, Lag isn’t going to let anything clip his wings! It’s a spectacular adventure into swarms way as the flight of the Letter Bee begins in LETTER BEE – COLLECTION 1!
Title: “Kobato Complete Collection” (DVD)
Synopsis: Shattered dreams and broken hearts are painful facts of life, but with the aid of a magic flask that can absorb human sorrow, young Kobato soon hopes to get her chance to help make life better for everyone. However, first she has to meet the approval of the half- human creature known as Ioryogi, and he has his doubts whether the strange girl with the mysterious past is truly ready. It’s only with great reluctance that he decides to send Kobato on her first test assignment, and it’s going to be the ultimate test of Kobato’s spirit. Because the only way to truly understand the pain of a broken heart is to have had one yourself, and even with the power of magic behind her, Kobato is about to learn that there are some hearts she may never be able to mend. Including her own. From the famed creative team CLAMP comes a unique tale of life, love and destiny: KOBATO – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Title: “The Legend Of Heroes Complete” (DVD)
Synopsis: Ten years ago, a massive invasion by the Erebonian Empire almost shattered the Kingdom of Liberl, piercing to the heart of Capital City before being driven back by a determined counteroffensive led by Cassius Bright. Now, as the invaders pace behind the northern borders, coveting the small kingdom’s magic and high technology, Liberl slowly rebuilds with the aid of the Bracer’s Guild, whose mystical use of “Craft” is even more intrinsic to the nation’s defense than its own army. For young Estelle Bright, daughter of Cassius, this is all just ancient history that she and her adopted brother Joshua learned as kids. But history has a way of repeating itself, and as they prepare to join the Bracers Guild themselves, sinister forces are preparing to thrust them into the familiar family situation of being in the worst possible place when mayhem breaks out. Because when their father’s airship goes suddenly missing, of course it only makes sense to two green, but extraordinarily capable, young teenagers to strike out on a rescue mission of their own!
Title: “Hakuoki: Record Of The Jade Blood” (DVD)
Synopsis: After tasting the humiliation of being forced to flee to Edo, the members of the Shinsengumi have become disillusioned. Not only are they disappointed by the Shogun’s behavior, but they are also facing personal problems. Kondou is still recovering from his gun wound. Okita is still bedridden due to both his illness and his bullet wounds. Heisuke must watch over Sanna, who seems to be slowly slipping into madness. And meanwhile, Hijikata is desperately fighting to keep the Shinsengumi together. Still, no matter how dangerous the battle sounds, there is no stepping down, and the veins of the Shinsengumi are filled with the jade blood of the truly loyal. As the flames of war march up and down the length and breadth of the land, they must prepare to return to the battlefield once more or risk losing more than just their lives in Hakuoki: Record of the Jade Blood.
Title: “IDOLM@STER Xenoglossia Collection 2” (DVD)
Synopsis: Things are getting a lot more complex at Modenkind and some of the things that Haruka is learning about the IDOLs are more than a little worrying. Like the fact that while the mechs aren’t free to do what they want, they’re not exactly obedient machines either; and how the relationship the IDOLs form with their pilots is much more complicated than master and servant. Especially since Haruka is beginning to realize that her own feelings toward Imber aren’t exactly what she’d expected them to evolve into either. But there’s no time to analyze what’s going on inside her heart, because suddenly all of Modenkind is under siege, hit from both within and without as hidden spies combine with outside attacks and ruthless kidnappings. Who is trying to destroy Modenkind and why? And how is it connected with the real secrets behind the IDOLS? Betrayal leads to betrayal as the stunning second act escalates to a breathtaking conclusion in IDOLM@STER XENOGLOSSIA – COLLECTION TWO!
Title: “Penguin Drum Collection 1” (DVD and Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Once you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shouma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It’s a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum. In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas and “survival strategies.” And in order for Himari to live, someone else’s chosen destiny will have to change. From the creator of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA comes a story of love, fate, life, death … and Penguins: PENGUIN DRUM – THE FIRST COLLECTION.
Title: “Qwaser Of Stigmata Collection 1” (DVD)
Synopsis: When Mafuyu Oribe and her adopted sister Tomo rescue a strange wounded man, they have no idea what they’re getting involved with or what the consequences will be. Alexander Nikolaevith Hell is an Iron Qwaser, one of many opposing factions of super-warriors who can each draw upon the power of an element and wield it as an almost unstoppable array of weapons. And unfortunately for Mafuyu, Alexander’s faction is there to gather the mystical relics known collectively as the High Circuit, which puts her friends, family and school at ground zero in a battle for the fate of all mankind! But there’s an even more disturbing twist, as Qwasers require a special liquid diet to manifest their powers, one provided by the women who serve as a Qwaser’s partner. And THAT means that the nursing Mafuyu’s already given Alexander isn’t the only kind of nursing he needs! Get ready for one of the wildest, weirdest animes to EVER come out of Japan as the courage within a woman’s breast unleashes a whole new kind of mayhem in QWASER OF STIGMATA – COLLECTION ONE!