After Scottish distributor Anime Limited's veritable onslaught
of special editions last month, I've become almost skittish to post even more articles about them for a while.
Still, for a company aiming at a niche market in difficult times, they're doing remarkably well. Their gamble to invest in a theatrical release of Shinkai Makoto's Your Name
paid off, with the film breaking anime records in the UK right now. And they still have an uncanny knack for picking up titles new and old. Shortly, they'll re-release the first Evangelion
reboot film (1.11) as a Special Edition, a title whose fanbase should by all means be saturated to death by now but has me becoming excited nevertheless, just because it's THEM doing it.
Which brings us to their current release of Outlaw Star
, a space opera anime series from the same year as Cowboy Bebop
(1998) and fishing in the same bounty-hunting waters as that classic. But while the inventive Cowboy Bebop
initially had a butchered broadcast in its home country, only to become legendary years later, Outlaw Star
went exactly the other way. It has its fans, but was rather hard to get in recent years, and this is indeed the first HD-release in the West.
It's a good looking release too, with a terrific booklet, so... ah well, here is another gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version.
And here it is, a sturdy hard cardboard slipcase.
Ehm... seeing as how the artwork copies the Japanese release, I may have this one backwards... especially since the back-end is actually more decorated. Still, both sides are beautiful.
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