FORBES.COM reviews SPACE RUNAWAY IDEON and BLUE GALE XABUNGLE, Now Streaming Exclusively On HIDIVE!

It’s no secret that we at MAIDEN JAPAN have a special fondness for the classic anime series that form the foundations on which today’s biggest hits are laid. Because, in the end, no matter how fancy the new CG assisted animation may be, it’s the stories and writing that really make anime so unique exciting. That’s why we keep going back and licensing the shows that every true anime fan needs to see, from seminal classics like GUNBUSTER to the entire epic PATLABOR franchise. So we were especially stoked to have no less than FORBES.COM run features on two of our most recent exclusive releases on HIDIVE! Both are amazing works from the fertile mind of legendary MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM creator Yoshiyuki Tomino: the original “dark” space opera series SPACE RUNAWAY IDEON and the incredibly meta giant robot/western mashup BLUE GALE XABUNGLE! Check out the FORBE’s articles below and then head on over to HIDIVE for yourself to check out these amazing series!

You Can Now Watch The Anime Classic 'Space Runaway Ideon' Online

You Will Be Able To Stream The Classic Anime 'Combat Mecha Xabungle' Starting This August

Maiden Japan Takes a Big Bite of Adventure with the Acquisition of 'The Tibetan Dog'

HOUSTON TX, DATE – Maiden Japan is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Tibetan Dog. This story is based on the bestselling Chinese novel of the same name and directed by Masayuki Kojima. His previous work includes the beloved series Monster and Made in Abyss. The Tibetan Dog is a story of hope, friendship and overcoming adversity with perseverance and the help of friends. It reminds us that even in the darkest hours, someone can always lend a hand… or paw.

After the death of his mother, Tenzin decides to leave his town to live with his father in the grasslands of Tibet. In a new place, with new people and while learning to become a sheepherder, Tenzin will find help in the most unexpected way, through a golden Tibetan guard dog which will change his life forever by becoming his greatest friend.

The Tibetan Dog was co-produced by Madhouse, China Film Group Corporation and Ciwen Pictures. The original character design was made by Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Master Keaton) and the sound direction by Youji Shimizu (Lupin III, Final Fantasy VII: Last Order)

The Tibetan Dog will be available for streaming on selected media outlets.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.

'A Spirit of the Sun' Will Shine as Maiden Japan's New Acquisition

HOUSTON TX, DATE – February brings the addition of A Spirit of the Sun to Maiden Japan’s ever-growing collection of anime titles. Based on the epic manga by Kaiji Kawaguchi and directed by Masayuki Kojima, the acclaimed director of titles like Monster, Made in Abyss and Black Bullet, the feature film explores a frighteningly possible world in which a series of natural disasters force the Japanese people to flee their homeland.

When Japan is hit by the twin disasters of the eruption of Mt. Fuji and a massive earthquake, the island nation gets literally shattered and torn in two. With millions dead and the life-sustaining national infrastructure destroyed, mass evacuation of much of the country’s population was the only alternative. Now the Japanese refugees living in Taiwan find themselves in conflict with the native citizens. There’s not enough work, the living conditions are terrible, and what remains of Japan is occupied by China in the north and the U.S. in the south. Genichiro Ryu is just one of the survivors, but having been adopted by Taiwanese parents, he has a foot in both worlds and seeks to find a way to bring peace between the conflicting sides in A Spirit of the Sun.

A Spirit of the Sun comes from Madhouse, the studio behind titles like Death Note, No Game No Life and High School of the Death. It was produced by the Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Garo, Zankyou no Terror, Usagi Drop, Redline).

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.

Maiden Japan Scores a Big Adventure with the Acquisition of 'Yona Yona Penguin'

HOUSTON TX, DATE – Maiden Japan announced today that Yona Yona Penguin has joined their expanding slate of titles. The first 3D feature film from acclaimed anime studio MADHOUSE (Death Note, No Game No Life, Unico) and legendary anime director Rintaro (Metropolis, Galaxy Express 999, Space Pirate Captain Harlock), Yona Yona Penguin takes us through the dreams and motivations of a little girl who wants to find her father, help her new friends, and fly. Produced by Studio Madhouse and Dynamo Pictures (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Appleseed XIII, GARO – Divine Flame) in collaboration with Denis Friedman Productions S.A. (Urbance, Fears, Kaena - The Prophecy) Yona Yona Penguin’s uplifting story is presented in a masterful combination of 2D and 3D animation that will entrance audiences of all ages.

The sleeves of Coco’s penguin coat are sewn together to look like flippers, but Coco’s father gave the coat to her before he disappeared, so she wears it every time she goes out exploring. What Coco doesn’t know is that the Goblins have a legend about a brave flightless bird and when Coco unexpectedly ends up in their realm, they all think that Coco is the Penguin who can save them from the evil Emperor of Darkness! But how can a 6-year-old girl stop an army of demons? Coco doesn’t know, but together with her new friends Chaley the goblin and Zammie the fallen angel, she’s certainly going to try!

If you’re looking for an adventure to enjoy with your children and teach them about the power of self-belief, you’ll truly love Yona Yona Penguin. The feature film will be available for streaming on selected media outlets.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is dedicated to bringing the very best in Japanese animation to the English-speaking world. From critically acclaimed masterpieces like THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR, to key works by the “who’s who” of creators that includes Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii, Masamune Shirow, Studio CLAMP, and Yoshiyuki Tomino. With the addition of newer gems such as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, DEN-NOH COIL and MOMO: GIRL GOD OF DEATH, the company’s growing catalog of products is available in North America on Blu-ray and DVD, and digitally via HIDIVE, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Anime Network, PlayStation Network, YouTube and other top digital providers.

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of Ruin Explorers, a tale of dungeons, dangers and dysfunctional damsels. This four episode OVA series features direction and screenplay by Takeshi Mori (Gunsmith Cats, Vandread) with character designs by Toshihisa Kaiya and music by Masamichi Amano (Princess Nine, Giant Robo). Ancient curses, enchanted artifacts and plain old fashioned dungeon diving: that’s what Fam and Ihrie do for a living - whenever these lovely young ladies can get someone to pay them for it, that is. As two highly trained magic users with slightly faulty spelling abilities (Fam can’t do anything destructive and Ihrie keeps turning into...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the classic OVA Black Magic M-66. Co-directed by legendary manga master Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL, APPLESEED) and visionary director Hiroyuki Kitakubo (JO JO’s BIZZARRE ADVENTURE, GOLDENBOY,) this fast-paced, action-packed show features sound direction by Yasunori Honda (GREEN LEDGEND RAN, DRAGON HALF) and music by Seiyo Katayanagi. When two malfunctioning combat androids are accidentally unleashed on a “Terminate at All Costs” mission against the unsuspecting granddaughter of their creator, an entire city becomes the battleground and not even the military may be able to stop them! The girl’s only hope: Sybil, a freelance journalist who’s out to get...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the OVA series Momo, Girl God of Death ~ Ballad of a Shinigami. This six episode drama is directed by Tomomi Mochizuki (Princess Nine, Here’s Greenwood) with series composition by Reiko Yoshida (Kaleido Star, Angelic Layer), character designs by Hiroyuki Horiuchi (Polyphonica, Tenchi Universe), and music by Moka (Elfen Lied, Trouble Chocolate). Dressed all in white with scythe in hand, she is one of the spirits entrusted with guiding the souls of the no longer living to the other side. But unlike other shinigami who approach their grim duty with detachment or even...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the romantic comedy Love ♥ Love? where the writer isn’t just flirting with danger, he’s being written into a corner!. This 13 episode series is directed by Takeo Takahashi (Rozen Maiden) and features character design by Miwa Oshima (Koihime Muso) and music by Toshihiko Sahashi (Steel Angel Kurumi). It’s said that Heaven and Hell can be the same place, depending upon your situation, and Naoto Ooizumi is learning that lesson the hard way. At only 17 years old, he’s working on the set of Cosmopolitan Prayers (CosPrayers for short,) one of the hottest TV...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the classic police action-comedy PATLABOR. The original 7 episode OVA series is directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) with scripts by Kazunori Ito (Dirty Pair), character designs by Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road), mechanical designs by Yutaka Izubuchi (Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack) and music by Kenji Kawai (Vampire Princess Miyu). Drunk drivers are bad, but put a drunk driver in a giant robot called a Labor and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen. And when REAL criminals get their hands on those same giant robots, the cops need giant...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the compelling animated drama Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Based on extensive research into the potential effects of a massive earthquake, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is an 11 episode study into human courage and the will to survive which originally debured in Fuji TV’s powerhouse anime block “noitaminA”. Direction is by Masaki Tachibana (.hack//Quantum) with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi (07-Ghost), character designs by Atsuko Nozaki (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky), sound direction by Kazuya Tanaka (High School of the Dead) and music by Ko Otani (Hakuoki). The devastation is unleashed in the span of...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the hit animated series Vampire Princess Miyu TV! Based on the manga of the same name by creators Narumi Kakinouchi and Toshiki Hirano, Vampire Princess Miyu is a classic tale of horror presented in 26 episodes. Direction is by Toshiki Hirano (Devil Lady, Godannar), with character designs by Megumi Kadonosono (Rayearth OAV, Kiddy Grade), sound direction by Yasunori Honda (Himawari!, Black Lagoon) and music by Kenji Kawai (Blue Seed, Towa no Quon). Born of Vampire and Human, doomed to remain trapped in the body of a teenager forever, she is the Chosen...

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Entertainment label Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of RAY, the 13 episode anime series based on the original manga by Akihito Yoshitomi (Blue Drop, Eat Man.) Directed by Naohito Takahashi (Berserk, Steel Angel Kurumi,) RAY also references the classic Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy, Kimba the White Lion) series Black Jack and follows the lead of that series in examining the complex ethical conflicts brought on by modern medical science, with a particular focus on the black market for human organs. If you have enough money, you can buy anything. So why wait for an organ you need to become available? Raised to...

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Entertainment label Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the hit animated series HIMAWARI!Based on the teenage ninja manga sensation from the writer/artist team of GoDO and Tagro, HIMAWARI! was directed by Shigenori Kageyama (Fist of the North Star) with script supervision by Mamiko Ikeda (Sgt. Frog, Emma- A Victorian Romance) and character designs by Okama (Evangelion 1.0 & 2.0,) and Seiji Kishimoto (Elfen Lied, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku.) Ever since being rescued by a ninja when she was younger, Himawari Hinata’s greatest ambition has been to become one herself. Now, finally, she’s got her chance to study at Shinobi Gakuen, the...

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Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of Glass Maiden, the 12 episode science fiction/detective anime series directed by Mitsuko Kase (SaiKano, MS Gundam 08th Team: Miller’s Report) with character designs by Hisashi Kagawa (SaiKano, Pokemon 3.) Created specifically for broadcast, Glass Maiden fuses elements from a wide variety of genres as a small detective agency finds itself aiding a series of intelligent weapons built into feminine forms fight for their independence against a force that intends to enslave them. Shu’s a detective, the brooding, enigmatic type with an eye for the ladies. Together with his kid brother Akira, and ‘the girls’ Manami...

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