Right Stuf and Nozomi Ent Announce New Licenses and Projects at Anime Expo
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release
Special Thanks to Jessica Heemsbergen
New anime licenses were announced by Shawne Kleckner, President and CEO of anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Nozomi Entertainment, during his panel at Anime Expo 2015 in Los Angeles, California. New titles coming soon from Nozomi Entertainment are TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE, UMI MONOGATARI, BIG WINDUP! SEASON TWO, PITA-TEN, and A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE. Nozomi Entertainment also announced plans for a Blu-ray release of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA. Details were also provided for the Sunrise/Right Stuf releases of the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, the TURN A GUNDAM MOVIE COLLECTION, MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ, MOBILE SUIT VICTORY GUNDAM, and AFTER WAR GUNDAM X.
NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT NEW ACQUISITIONS
TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE (たまゆら〜hitotose〜)
Nozomi Entertainment announced its license for the slice-of-life anime TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE. TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE is directed by Junichi Sato (ARIA The ANIMATION, UMI MONOGATARI, SAILOR MOON), and consists of 12 episodes, a special “5.5” episode, and 4 OVAs. The series focuses on a young girl who takes up her late father’s old camera, determined to capture memories that will bring joy and happiness to others for a lifetime. The OVA episodes feature animation from Hal Film Maker (ARIA The ANIMATION, SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~). The TV series features animation from TYO Animations, and aired in Japan in the fall of 2011.
TAMAYURA: HITOTOSE will be released in the fall of 2015 with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and on-screen translations.
UMI MONOGATARI (うみものがたり 〜あなたがいてくれたコト〜, Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~)
Also announced from Nozomi Entertainment is the fantasy adventure anime UMI MONOGATARI. Directed by Junichi Sato (SAILOR MOON, ARIA The ANIMATION), UMI MONOGATARI is a 13-episode series featuring animation from Hal Film Maker (ARIA The ANIMATION, SKETCHBOOK ~FULL COLOR’S~). Also known as “Sea Story”, the series tells the story of two girls who live in the sea whose lives are forever changed when a mysterious ring falls into their underwater home. The series aired in Japan in the summer of 2009.
UMI MONOGATARI will be released in the fall of 2015 with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and on-screen translations.
BIG WINDUP! SEASON TWO (おおきく振りかぶって ～夏の大会編～, Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~)
Nozomi Entertainment’s third acquisition is the baseball anime BIG WINDUP! SEASON TWO, the sequel series to BIG WINDUP! The 13-episode series picks up where the original BIG WINDUP! left off, with pitching prodigy Ren Mihashi and his teammates participating in the High School Baseball Invitational Tournament in hopes in playing the finals at the Hanshin Koshien Stadium. BIG WINDUP! SEASON TWO is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (BIG WINDUP!, GIRLS UND PANZER, ANOTHER), and features animation from A-1 Pictures (BIG WINDUP!, ALDNOAH.ZERO, BLACK BUTLER). It aired in Japan in the spring of 2010.
BIG WINDUP! SEASON TWO will be released in 2016 with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and English on-screen translations.
The fourth acquisition from Nozomi Entertainment is PITA-TEN. Based on the manga series of the same name by Koge-Donbo* (DI GI CHARAT) and published in North America by TokyoPop, the 26-episode anime centers on the adventures of a boy who lost his mother that encounters a young angel-in-training. PITA-TEN is directed by Toshifumi Kawase (TONJHO TENGE, BEYBLADE) and Yuzo Sato (MAGICAL WARFARE), and features animation from MADHOUSE (PARASYTE -THE MAXIM-, BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM, DI GI CHARAT). The series aired in Japan in 2002.
PITA-TEN will be released in 2016 with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and English on-screen translations.
A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE (君のいる町, Kimi no Iru Machi)
Nozomi Entertainment’s final acquisition announcement was the romance anime A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE. This 12-episode anime series is based on the manga series of the same name by Kouji Seo (Suzuka), and tells the story of a boy who moves to Tokyo to be closer to his girlfriend, only to find that his long-distance relationship is more complex than he thought. The anime is directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (CASSHERN SINS, DRAGON BALL Z), with animation from Gonzo (BOKURANO, SHANGRI-LA). It aired in Japan in the summer of 2013.
A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE will be released in 2016 with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and English on-screen translations.
NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT BLU-RAY RELEASES
Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce its first Blu-ray release, which will be the legendary anime series REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA (少女革命ウテナ, Shoojo Kakumei Utena, 1997). The acclaimed 39-episode anime series will be released for the first time in high definition in North America in 2016. REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (SAILOR MOON, PENGUINDRUM), and features animation from J.C. Staff (HONEY AND CLOVER, SLAYERS, TORADORA!). The series has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest anime of all time.
RIGHT STUF EXCLUSIVES
Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM TV series (機動戦士ガンダム, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu). This is the first time the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM series will be released in high definition on Blu-ray in North America. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM is created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
The first 21 episodes of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the fall of 2015, featuring English and Japanese audio with English subtitles and on-screen translations.
Right Stuf and Sunrise also announced plans to release the sequel series MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ, MOBILE SUIT VICTORY GUNDAM, and AFTER WAR GUNDAM X, along with the TURN A GUNDAM MOVIE COLLECTION, in the coming months.
About Nozomi Entertainment
Introduced in 2007 as an official re-rebrand of the Right Stuf video production division, Nozomi Entertainment is recognized by discerning anime fans as a company focused on creating collector-grade releases for audiences of all ages. The Nozomi team works on a limited number of fan-favorite titles each year to ensure each Nozomi release is the absolute highest quality possible. Nozomi then combines these releases with exceptional packaging, art assets and video extras.
A small sampling of the Nozomi lineup includes: ASTRO BOY, KIMBA, PRINCESS KNIGHT, THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES, ARIA, THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR, DIRTY PAIR, NINJA NONSENSE, THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE, HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES, EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA.
For more information, visit nozomient.com.
About Right Stuf, Inc.
Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. Its video and print publishing division includes the Nozomi Entertainment, Lucky Penny, and 5 Points Pictures studio-labels.
For more information, visit rightstuf.com.