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Bandai Unveils Hot Summer Lineup

10 Jul, 2003 By: Edwin De La Cruz

Summer is heating up and anime supplier Bandai Entertainment has a release schedule to match.

Launching on July 15 is s-CRY-ed--The Lost Ground as part of Bandai's Platinum DVD Series; the limited edition boxed set has been created with die-hard fans in mind. Featuring an assortment of collectibles such as a collector's box to house the forthcoming volumes (limited to 15,000 pieces), a replica s-CRY-ed pendant, three collectible premium cards and a poster. The set is priced at $29.98 for the standard release and $49.98 for the limited edition.

There's a huge buzz on this title as its action scenes closely resemble those of some super-hero films currently in theaters. “With the current popularity of super hero mutant action, we are excited about the launch of this series in North America,” said Jerry Chu, marketing manager, Bandai Entertainment.

On the same day, .hack//SIGN - Gestalt, the third volume of the engrossing “.hack//SIGN” series makes its debut. Already a legend, the series has been hailed as a multi-media hybrid of anime, video games and comics. That is, viewers must obtain all available “.hack” media to fully appreciate the storyline. The limited edition includes a slipcase, an original CD soundtrack and a mini CD-Single. The price is set for $29.98, $39.98 for the limited edition.

In August, Bandai goes retro for their highly anticipated anime, Kikaider. Based on the hugely popular 1970s live-action series by the creative team behind Power Rangers, this new animated version features “old-school” designs mixed with today's high-tech animation style.

Kikaider debuted first on Cartoon Network, backed with an impressive toy line. The DVD release will follow on Aug. 5, at $29.98.

Following on Aug. 19, Bandai will release the whimsical theatrical anime Junkers Come Here, about a young girl and her dog with the ability to speak and perform human tasks. The DVD, priced at $29.98, includes a featurette about the film's premiere at the Egyptian Theater.

The wacky Saber Marionette J franchise has become one of the bestselling and most beloved anime in both Japan and North America. On Aug. 19, Bandai will release the entire series packaged together as the Saber Marionette J Ultimate Collection, an extremely limited boxed set (only 5,000 will be made), individually autographed by co-creator and character designer, Tsukasa Kotobuki. With over 1400 minutes of anime insanity, exclusive extras and more, this release will be in high demand. The set is priced at $199.98.

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