Through a series of announcements yesterday, anime publisher Sentai Filmworks revealed three new acquisitions for release in North America throughout 2013, ‘K-On! The Movie”, “Colorful ~ The Motion Picture”, “Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf” and “Kӓmpfer ~ Für die Liebe”.
The Kyoto Animation (Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid) produced film is the follow up to the popular “K-On!” anime series. The film features work from series veterans including director Naoko Yamada, character designer Yukiko Horiguchi and music from Haijime Hyakkoku.
“K-On! The Movie” takes place as graduation time finally arrives but the Light Music Club has one last adventure to go on and it is sure to be a big one. The Light Music Club goes all out for their final trip together, heading to the UK as the upperclassmen, Yui, Mio, Tsumugi and Ritsu say goodbye to their lone underclassman, Azusa, while also trying to figure out what gift to leave her with as she readies to take over the club when her seniors are gone.
Anime fans can look for “K-On! The Movie” through select digital outlets and on bilingual DVD and Blu-ray, featuring and English dub from Bangzoom! Entertainment, soon.
“Colorful ~ The Motion Picture” is directed by Keiichi Hara (Summer Days with Coo) and features character designs by Atsushi Yamagata, screenplay by Miho Maruo (The Dog of Flanders), sound direction by Akira Ookuma (Spirit of Wonder) and music from Ko Otani (Hakuoki).
Here is a description of the film from Sentai Filmworks.
There is a train station on the other side of death, yet not all who arrive on the platform will be judged ready for passage onwards. For one unready soul, there will be both a test and a second chance. Rather than be reborn, this soul will awake in the body of 14-year-old suicide Makoto Kobayashi where it must not only find a way to fit into Makoto’s existence, but also unravel two mysteries. What is the secret of the great sin it committed in its own previous life and what were the reasons that led to Makoto’s suicide? While some may believe the truth to be as plain to see as black and white, “Makoto” soon finds that the real world is overlaid with so many shades of grey and rainbows of colors that even the most obvious of “facts” are not what they seem. With the soul’s time in Makoto’s body quickly running out, the answers to all life’s mysteries await discovery in the acclaimed animation masterpiece that won the 34th Japanese Academy Prize for Excellence in Animation: “Colorful ~ The Motion Picture”.
“Colorful ~ The Motion Picture” will be available through select digital outlets and on bilingual DVD and Blu-ray soon.
“Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf” is a drama/mystery series produced by AIC (Amagami SS), based on the Konami game by Ryukishi07. The 12-episode series is directed by Nobuhiro Takamoto (07-Ghost) and features character designs by Atsuko Watanabe (Place to Place), sound direction by Shoji Hata (You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle), series composition by Touko Machida (AMNESIA) and music from Takumi Ozawa.
The series follows a young man named Hiroshi, who moves to the isolated village of Joga and soon finds himself in the middle of a mystery that could prove to be far dangerous than he could have ever imagined. His fellow students seem to transfer away without any notice, his neighbor warns him to stay away from the old part of town and groups of masked people wander the streets at night seemingly hunting for something and worst of all there are rumors of man-sized wolves roaming the surrounding mountains.
“Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf” will be available on subtitled DVD and through digital outlets later this year.
“Kӓmpfer ~ Für die Liebe” is the Nomad (Yozakura Quartet) produced 2-episode follow up to the “Kӓmpfer” anime series. Yasuhiro Kuroda (Modern Magic Made Simple) returns to direct the anime, which features character designs by Mariko Fujita (Rosario + Vampire), series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, sound direction from Yasunori Ebina (BTOOOM!) and music by Tatsuya Katou (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere).
The series picks up with Natsuru, a boy who has the ability to transform into a magic using girl called a Kӓmpfer , moving in with three of his fellow Kӓmpfer, though all three are girls full-time, in order to improve their defense in case anyone might come after them. With more than one of the girls out for one or the other of Natsuru’s forms he is gonna have it rough living with his new roommates and it will get even worse when he has to take a job working at the Bunnygirl Café.
“Kӓmpfer ~ Für die Liebe” will be available on subtitled DVD and through digital outlets later this year.