In November, FUNimation Entertainment and Manga Video will be re-releasing some of their best-selling titles but on Blu-ray, sure to draw diehard genre fans who wouldn't dream of enjoying their beloved anime without hi-def.
At the top of their list, FUNimation will be offering Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa ($34.98; Nov. 17th), resurrecting and rounding out Ed and Al's lifelong struggle with the secrets of alchemy. This time around though, their battle focuses on the impending conflict of alchemy and modern science, posing an ideological struggle as much a moral impasse.
Fans are also urged to keep an eye out for Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Season One ($59.98; Nov. 17th). Distributed on three Blu-ray discs, the BD Set will retail the same day as a repriced/relabeled DVD collection ($49.98) from FUNimation (originally released November 2008). Regardless, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is the adaptation of the CLAMP-produced manga mash-up that assembles characters and stories from numerous CLAMP past-projects into a single universe-wide fantasy-adventure. The DVD Set of Season Two is currently scheduled for late December 2009 ($69.98).
Witchblade ($79.98; Nov. 3rd) is also slated for release, as a complete Blu-ray Disc Set. The Witchblade anime is a full-length series, which uses its TVMA rating to its advantage in sending a buxom single-mother through the peril of raising a daughter while mysteriously granted the power of the devil himself. The complete series DVD release of Witchblade was initially released October 2008.
The former is the scarily good, 48-minute production about a dark and petulant "original" whose centuries-long combat against the Chiropterans has been more recently replicated for lighter fare [recent A.I. news: "'Blood Plus' Anime Set #2 on Sale" (10/2009)]. The latter, Oshii's digital addendum to the mid-1990s film, again sends anime fans in the direction of an all-time classic.
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