Yesterday, Jan. 4, 2012, anime publisher Sentai Filmworks announced that they have acquired two new anime series for release in North America this year, “Psychic Detective Yakumo” and “Tegami Bachi: Reverse”.
“Psychic Detective Yakumo” is a 13 episode mystery/detective series based on the novel from Manabu Kaminaga, produced by the animation studio Bee Train (Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom-). It is directed by Tomoyuki Kurokawa (Murder Princess), with series composition by Hiroyuki Kawasaki (Blade of the Immortal) and music from R●O●N (Kurenai).
Here is a description of the series from Sentai Filmworks.
Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves? If the spirits are willing, they may just have a few ghosts of a chance in “Psychic Detective Yakumo”!
No release date was given at this time but fans can expect to see “Psychic Detective Yakumo” on subtitled DVD and through digital outlet later this year.
“Tegami Bachi: Reverse” is the Studio Pierrot (Level E) produced, 25 episode sequel to “Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee”, based on the manga written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Asada. Like the first season, “Tegami Bachi: Reverse” is directed by Akira Iwanaga and features character designs by Minako Shiba (Black Butler) with music from Kunihiko Ryo (Emma – A Victorian Romance). The first collection, containing episodes one through thirteen of “Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee”, the first season, was released by Sentai Filmworks in December of 2012.
Here is a description of “Tegami Bachi: Reverse” from Sentai Filmworks.
After Niche carries the wounded and stunned Lag back to the Bee Hive, the Letter Bee finally begins to piece the puzzle together. Now he knows what’s happened to Gauche, why the Marauders are so focused on stealing mail and the actual intent of the group controlling both, Reverse. However, when he’s forbidden to reveal the truth, Lag is soon forced out of the artificial sunlight and back into the world of perpetual night. And soon Reverse’s plot to take down the Letter Bees and overthrow the Amberground government begins to accelerate. If things weren’t already bad enough, the giant insect creatures called gaichuu are apparently evolving into something new; there may be traitors working within the Hive; and Niche’s sister, who’s definitely not human friendly, shows up to turn family drama into a full-scale siege! It all spells serious trouble for the Letter Bees, but if anyone can weather the storms and gloom of night, Lag and his team are the ones who’ll deliver. The excitement continues as the man of letters who’s also the ultimate man of action carries on fighting in “Tegami Bachi: Reverse”.
Sentai Filmworks didn’t give a full release date for “Tegami Bachi: Reverse”, but anime fans can look for the series to be released on subtitled DVD and through digital outlets later this year.