The shortest month of the year still has a solid number of anime offerings from Section23 Films. Notably, “New Fist Of the North Star” gets another U.S. release, over eight years after the update to brutal martial arts anime received its first pressing in the U.S. Which begs the question: who holds the rights to the 152-episode series from the 80’s? The subbed version streaming on Hulu is credited to the original studio Toei Animation, but it’s unclear who holds the rights to release any of the previous dubs or a complete set with all of the subs here in the U.S. (I guess that would be Eastern Star/a.k.a Diskotek Media?).
As for high-def offerings, the publisher is releasing the gender-bending “Battle Girls: Time Paradox” as a complete collection on Blu-ray as well as on DVD, if you’re looking for some lady samurai in feudal Japan action-comedy.
You can check out the full slate of February releases after the jump.
Title: “Listen To Me, Girls. I Am Your Father Complete Collection”
Synopsis: Whoever said little girls grow up in the most delightful ways wasn’t Yuta Segawa! But since his sister Yuri raised Yuta by herself after their own parents’ deaths, what kind of brother would Yuta be if he didn’t take in her THREE children when Yuri and her husband disappear? Of course, the fact that Yuta’s a nineteen year old college student, living in a tiny apartment, with three GIRLS, two of whom aren’t related by blood, is bound to cause some issues. Especially when the eldest girl, Sora, is harboring a secret crush on him and would be quite happy if Yuta’s social life revolved around the ’family,’ while middle sister Miu is starting to make noises about ’older men’ as well. Did we mention that it’s a really, REALLY small apartment? Add Raika, the girl Yuta actually likes, as a smoldering fuse and the question isn’t IF Yuta’s home sweet home is a powderkeg, but rather one of when it’s going to explode and how often! Some family ties bind, others may need restraining orders in LISTEN TO ME, GIRLS. I AM YOUR FATHER!
Title: “New Fist Of the North Star Complete Collection”
Synopsis: A twist on the classic favorite that begins in the aftermath of the great apocalypse. Across a barren Earth, chaos is the rule and order, the exception with bandits and enterprising overlords terrorizing the survivors of the holocaust. Will a hero rise from the ashes and cut a swath of justice across the Earth’s ruined landscape?!
Title: “Waiting In the Summer Complete Collection”
Synopsis: When a group of friends decide to make a movie over a long summer holiday, they end up learning a little about filmmaking and a lot more about each other and themselves. What begins as a simple way to avoid the summer doldrums quickly turns into something much more complex, intimate and downright revealing. As the summer heats up, so do the maturing relationships between the young cast members, taking some new, and sometimes unexpected, turns. Get ready for a whole new look at summer romance as hidden emotions get captured and secrets meant to be kept hidden inside young hearts instead spill off of the screen for your viewing pleasure in WAITING IN THE SUMMER!
Title: “Kamisama Dolls Complete Collection”
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Synopsis: When Kyohei Kuga moves to Tokyo to escape the strictures of life in a small town, he thinks he’s left his old life behind. But when he discovers a bloody corpse, he also discovers that the past isn’t so easily left behind. Especially when the past is as unusual as Kyohei’s. You see, back in his home town, Kyohei was a “seki” – an individual able to control “kakashi,” ancient wooden “gods” capable of incredible feats, with his mind. And now it seems that there’s a kakashi loose in Tokyo, and it just may be up to Kyohei to stop it AND its seki.
Title: “Letter Bee Collection 2″
Synopsis: Now that he has Niche and her pet Steak to watch his back against attacks by the giant insects known as Gaichuu, Lag Seeing’s job as a Letter Bee should be getting easier. But something’s clearly not right in the land of perpetual twilight, and instead every new delivery they undertake seems to involve new complications and introduce even greater dangers to Lag’s already lethal profession. Meanwhile, Lag’s search for his mentor Gauche seems to be going in circles, but when a sinister researcher known as the Corpse Doctor kidnaps Steak with the intent of dissecting him, a new series of revelations sends Lag and Niche in an entirely new direction. Saving Steak from the butcher’s knife, stamping the ambitions of a rival organization of letter carriers and escalating waves of Gaichuu attacks are only the beginning of the action as everything goes postal in LETTER BEE – COLLECTION 2!
Title: “Battle Girls: Time Paradox Complete Collection”
Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Synopsis: Yoshino Hide (nickname Hideyoshi) is your average, everyday teenager – interested only in fashion, snacks and her afterschool free time. And destined to fail her next history test without some sort of miraculous intervention. So, she stops by the local shrine to offer up a prayer or two to any deity that might be listening. But her prayers are interrupted by a mysterious blue light that engulfs her and leaves Hideyoshi stranded in a strange new world that appears to be feudal Japan. Only, all the inhabitants of this world, including feudal warlord Oda Nobunaga, are women! Now Hideyoshi finds herself on a quest to gather the pieces of the Crimson Armor and help Nobunaga conquer the land!
Title: “Qwaser of Stigmata Collection 2″
Synopsis: The relationship between a Qwaser and his Maria, the woman who provides him with the sustaining soma that he needs to fuel his elemental powers, is already a strange and twisted one, but as the battle for the High Circuit escalates to a insane crescendo, a completely unexpected question arises: Can exposure to beings with superpowers actually be contagious? The answer could prove deadly as Miyuri goes through a most unexpected transformation! Meanwhile, Mafuyu finds herself even more conflicted over her relationship with Sasha as he slowly recovers from his strange amnesia, while Elizabeth fears having to choose between Shin’ichiro and her friends. As new waves of adepts attack, the milk of human kindness alone won’t be enough to nip tragedy in the bud, and the survival of each pairing may ultimately depend upon the courage within each maiden’s breast! Disaster looms as the seal is breeched and the lightning of the gods escapes the bottle at last in QWASER OF STIGMATA- COLLECTION 2!