Thursday, March 01, 2007

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Limited Edition Box - Available for Pre-Order!

Bandai has finally announcd the first DVD that will be available for the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, and they have done it right offering not only the first disk, but a beautiful limited edition collectors box to go along with it!

This lavish limited collectors edition will include DVD Vol #1 (episodes #1-4) and a gorgeous collectors art box (complete with a storage drawer for your extras!) that will hold all the individual DVD's once released. It also includes the original soundtrack, Cosplay Hair Ribbon, Pencil Board, and an exclusive Iron on!

This is going to one of the most important releases of 2007, and we are asking customers to please order now to reserve your copy as this box may sell out in pre-order and not be available after the release date. We have gone very heavy on these and have already placed our initial order with Bandai, however, because they are limited production and will be in such high demand there is a high probability that they will either sell out in pre-order, or they may become allocated which means they might become over ordered and Bandai may only be able to fill part of each retailers initial order.

Our customers have already started to pre-book this box very heavily, and we will be working very closely with Bandai to ensure our quantities so that we can guarantee availability for those customers that order with us early.

Series Synopsys:

On the first day of school a beautiful girl named Haruhi introduces herself as having "no interest in ordinary humans"...

She asks for any aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers to join her. Watching her weird behaviour is Kyon a boy who sits in front of Haruhi and is the only person who talks to her. Commenting on Haruhi's joining every club in school and then quitting Kyon unwittingly gives Haruhi an idea to start her own after school club which will become known as the Spreading Excitement All Over the World with Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade (the S.O.S. Brigade for short)!

Bandai's Announcement regarding the Limited Edition Episode Ordering

Bandai Entertainment has announced that they will include the broadcast order version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya with the special edition DVDs. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was originally broadcast on Japanese TV in a non-chronological order, however the DVDs were released in chronological order. Bandai Entertainment had announced that the North American DVDs would also be broadcast order, however with this new announcement, the series will be available in both versions. Broadcast order DVDs were never released in Japan, they will be unique to the North American market at the time of their release. The broadcast order DVDs will be included with the special edition releases, starting with volume 2, and will not include the English dub, they will be in Japanese only with English subtitles.

The website has a page with further details about the ordering of the series.

Bandi Press Release on General Release


February 27th, 2007 (Cypress, CA) – Kadokawa Pictures USA, Inc. and Bandai Entertainment Inc., made a new announcement today regarding the specs for the Regular Edition Vol. 1 DVD of the upcoming hit Japanese anime series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

“After announcing the Special Edition specs at this past weekend's New York Comic Con, we wanted to get the word out on the great features in the Vol. 1 Regular Edition,” said Robert Napton, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bandai Entertainment.

In addition to having the first four episodes in chronological order both English-language dubbed in Dolby 5.1 and subtitled with the original Japanese audio, the Regular Edition of Vol. 1 will include TV Broadcast Previews, Making Of… Clip #01, Making Of… Clip #02, TV Commercial #1, TV Commercial #2, Texless Ep.00 Opening, Textless Ep.00 Ending, and three episodes of The Adventures of the ASOS Brigade. Regular Edition Volume 1 will be released on May 29th and retail for $29.98.

In addition, up to six CDs are planned for release, with more being discussed, but will NOT be released on the same day as the regular and special editions on May 29th as reported by some news outlets. These will be released sometime later.

“Also, a lot of fans at New York Comic Con asked about TV Broadcast Order DVDs. As Mr. Takashi Sakuda from Kadokawa Pictures USA explained, Kadokawa Japan originally didn't want us to release Broadcast Order DVDs at all. Even though we requested it knowing many fans preferred that sequence, the first answer was no,” clarified Napton.

Takashi Sakuda, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Licensing for Kadokawa Pictures USA, explained the rest at New York Comic Con, “Because I knew you [U.S. fans] wanted Broadcast Order so much, I was able to convince Japan.” The compromise was to release Broadcast Order bonus DVDs in the Special Editions. Because they are bonus DVDs, they will be subtitled only with the original Japanese audio

Each Regular edition of the four English-language The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya DVDs will also contain many extras with details to come later.

No comments: