Aniplex US has announced that the Sword Art Online anime will be releases in US and Canada in 4 BD sets and 4 DVD ones, English & Spanish subtitled/English dubbed, with Japanese audio still available. The BD set 1 (Aincrad Part 1) and 3 (Fairyland part 1) will come with 1 Original Soundtrack CD each (OST 1, 2 by Yuki Kajiura). Each Blu-ray Box will retail for US$112.98 but will have a store price of US$89.98. Each DVD set will retail for US$49.98 but will have a store price of US$39.98. It was also announced that the series will start airing on Toonami block starting this August. More info on crunchyroll and Anime News Network.
In other news, the creators of the Eve no Jikan movie (for which Kalafina sung I have a dream) decided a BD release in US and Europe. The BD release will be region-free and will include “Time of Eve: The Movie” with English dub, multiple subtitles (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish), bonus video features such as interviews with the main cast and director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (with subtitles), a 40-page English-language art book, and eight postcards for those who purchase the film through the Kickstarter campaign. More info on Anime News Network
Last weekend (May 17 and 18, 2013) Kalafina were invited as Guests of Honor at Chicago’s “Anime Central” (ACen) anime convention, where they performed at Rosemont Theatre on May 17 and held a Kalafina panel and signing (autograph) session on May 18. A number of CPM members gone at the convention and reported back Here’s the setlist:
Yesterday the big concert happened. Yuki Kajiura, Kalafina, FictionJunction, Yuuka, Asuka, and guests Hanae Tomaru, Eri Itou, Yuri Kasahara, Emily Bindiger, Remi Tanaka, the musicians and guest accordionist Sato Yoshiaki and flutist Rie Akagi, filled a 5 hours concert performing 53 songs, most of them previously seen again but performed with awesome vocal combinations! CPM members Kugayama, Hatouchan, yuki.n, meerkat, Kagaribi no Hanabira were there and reported details on which singers sung each song, and more. It was reported that cameras were recording the concert, so we can start praying it comes out on BD
In other news, in this week’s GUNDAM SEED DESTINY HD REMASTER episode (7) was featured a “Re-tracks” ver of “Fields of Hope” by Rie Tanaka (composed by Yuki Kajiura), called Fields of hope ~ReTracks. We’re awaiting to see what will be the coupling song, if it will be released as single, like it happened with Anna ni issho datta no ni and Akatsuki no Kuruma.
Thanks to joel_jman for the fields of hope news!
[EDIT] Here are some Reports made by the forum members that attended the Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#10:
Since news has been a little quiet, I thought I’d make a post about something I think many visitors here don’t know about yet – a project to fansub video clips of favorite artists! Currently led by tsubasa, Varete, aki, Equalizer, and arqnohikari, they’ve put out an impressive list of interviews, MC clips, and documentaries that can be seen here! (And at Varete’s youtube channel)
amazon.jp has updated with entry for the Madoka Magica movies Blu-ray Limited Edition set, releasing on July 24, 2013. The release will include 2 BDs, containing the 2 Madoka movies (Hajimari no Monogatari, Eien no Monogatari) which recap the TV anime’s plot & special features. The Original Soundtrack will be included as bonus CD. Kajiura-san has reportedly composed brand new tracks for the movies (such as trasformation scene BGMs) and vocal versions of older Madoka musics (like Decretum’s)!
The BD set will come with a special booklet, and a digipack. The special features include the trailers, commercials, creditless OP, and audio commentary.
Title: Madoka Magica, Hajimari no Monogatari [Part 1], Eien no Monogatari [Part 2] movie Blu-ray set [Limited Edition] Release Date: July 24, 2013 Product Code: ANZX-3131~3 Price: ￥ 11,550
There will be also released Regular Edition Blu-ray set and 2 DVD editions (one for the first, one for the second movie). Regular BD: ANSX-3131~2, DVD1: ANSB-3131, DVD2: ANSB-3132. However these will not include the soundtrack CD. You cna find more info about all at the madoka magica official site.
thanks to random for the news!
Here’s the BD/DVD CM, with a bit of new music in the beginning
thanks to Hatouchan.