Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bandai Skips May, Announces June 2011 Releases

Skipping the month of May entirely this year, Bandai has just given us their June 2011 release schedule, and we now have them available on the store site for pre-order.

Here's what's coming:

Girl Who Leapt Through Space Part#2 DVD - Jun 7th
Gundam Unicorn , Part #1 DVD (Eps #1-4) - Jun 7th
Tales of the Abyss , Part #1 DVD (Eps #1-6) - Jun 7th
Tales of the Abyss , Part #1 Limited Edition DVD (Eps #1-6) - Jun 7th
K-On! Vol #2 DVD - Jun 14
K-On! Vol #2 (BLURAY) -Jun 14

In addition to these new releases, Bandai has also pushed back the Girl Who leapt Through Time (BLURAY) a couple of weeks from Apr 12 to Apr 26.

Just a couple of comments. As far as skipping the month of May, maybe they know something we don't - as in maybe some of those April releases will ultimately end up in May. Oh no! -_^ As I'm sure you are, I am hoping they will get K-On out on time and not stick to their history of bumping the date of almost every new release at least once. It's good to see an affordable version of Gundam Unicorn coming on regular DVD, but if you are holding out for the cheaper US BD release don't - the region free Japanese release that we have been carrying will be the only BD version made available. Tales of the Abyss will sadly be subtitled only.

Finally, as long as we're talking about Bandai, if anyone is wondering where the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Anime Legends) is, I'm not sure either. It was delayed from early Feb to Mar 22, but still didn't arrive on time and we've been so busy with Kanokon this week I have not had a minute to call up there and find out what's going on with CG. Maybe tomorrow. :-)

Tales of the Abyss

On the planet Audlant, global war is imminent between the Kingdom of Kimlasca and the Malkuth Empire. Their conflict had been prophesied in the Scores, a complete history of this world from its creation to its destruction once written on the mysterious stones. It also predicts the appearance of a new savior-hero, who is a red-haired male child with the name of “the Light of the Sacred Flame”. Luke fon Fabre, a son of the noble family who has been confined in his father’s palace for years, feels impatient and defiant like any teenage boy. When a beautiful young lady named Tear suddenly intrudes into his training session and attacks General Van, who he respects as master swordsman, the spoiled kid is spirited away and forced into a series of great adventures through this alternate-reality world of swords and sorcery.


Ben said...

"Tales of the Abyss"...
Sounds an awful lot like what happens to most Bandai titles without the names "Gundam", "Geass", "Haruhi" or "K-On" in them.

Also, is it just me, or does Bandai's release strategy regarding Gundam Unicorn mirror that of Bandai Visual USA and their handling of "Freedom" on Blu-Ray four years ago?
(I just hope that the whole series is released as a[n affordable] boxed set one day, and not quickly thrown under the "out of print and forgotten" bus like Freedom.) Then again, Bandai was (and sadly, still is) in charge of distributing Aniplex USA's releases (including the now-sold out "Garden of Sinners"), so there goes any chance at equality over elitism.

tenkenX6 said...

Hey Robert, any idea if Bandai is planning to eventually(or ever) release Tales of the Abyss on blu-ray stateside? I mean a DVD release is better than nothing and is completely fine. I'm just curious because I really like this series and would rather have it in my collection as an affordable domestic blu-ray release. Thanks.

Robert said...

My Rule of thumb is that any title they didn't see fit to invest in a dub for probably won't get a BD release either.

tenkenX6 said...

Ah, I see. You do have a good point there. Oh well, it was a bit of wishful thinking on my part. I'll be getting this for sure, regardless. Anyway, thanks for the input. :)