It's Female vs. Murder Mecha As Masamune Shirow Anime 'Black Magic M-66' Returns To DVD

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"Black Magic M-66," the mid-80's OVA from the "Ghost in the Shell" creator is coming out on DVD (and other digital media) from Section23 imprint Maiden Japan in July.

The 48-minute OVA is getting another U.S. release just in time for the debut of "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" in Japan, which will likely have some fans here seeking out the manga creator/animator's earlier work. "Black Magic M-66" is (loosely) based on a volume of his manga "Black Magic" pitting a young girl and an intrepid journalist against a pair of malfunctioning kill bots in a futuristic city.

From the official synopsis:

When two malfunctioning combat androids are accidentally unleashed on a “Terminate at All Costs” mission against the unsuspecting granddaughter of their creator, an entire city becomes the battleground and not even the military may be able to stop them! The girl’s only hope: Sybil, a freelance journalist who’s out to get the scoop of her life, if she can somehow keep both herself and her subject alive long enough to file a report. But first, she has to remember to put her clothes on! It’s a tour de force of violence and mayhem on an epic scale as two damsels in distress and two deranged battle robots face off, girl vs. mecha style, in the all-time anime classic: BLACK MAGIC M-66!

This isn't the first U.S. release for "Black Magic M-66," only the latest since the defunct Manga Video used to hold the rights, releasing the VHS and later a DVD for it back in 2001. Maiden Japan plans to release their disc with English subs July 9.