Maiden Japan Acquires the Short Story Compilation 'Human Crossing'

Maiden Japan announced today the acquisition of Human Crossing. Based on the award-winning manga by Masao Yajima (Big Wing) and Kenshi Hirokane (Weekly Shimako, Domain of Murder) and directed by the team of Akira Kumeichi and Kazunari Kumi, Human Crossing is an interwoven collection of short stories that explores the complexities of human interaction through the lives of people from different backgrounds.

There are millions of people living in modern-day Japan. Each one is unique, and they live in situations that range from the joyous to the horrific. But what connects them? There is a web that binds us all, the bonds of family and relationships. Yet, there are times when the isolating nature of urban life tears and tatters that fragile safety net to the breaking point. At times like this, each person can only do the best they can to meet the challenge or fail… to rise or to fall. Eventually, all of us must make that transition from one part of life to another. That is the Human Crossing.

From characters dealing with a difficult childhood to a father’s struggle to connect with his son, the stories of Human Crossing are contemporary and very relatable. Those who like to reflect on the human condition, those who find other people fascinating and believe that “nothing hits harder than life,” will find great satisfaction in Human Crossing. The series 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.

Maiden Japan Plays with the Big Bots with the Acquisition of 'Basquash!'

Maiden Japan announced today the acquisition of the genre-defying action series Basquash! Directed by legendary creator of Macross, Shoji Kawamori from a story by Tatsuo Sato (Martian Successor Nadesico, Bodacious Space Pirates). The dystopian sports, drama, and comedy story, explores a unique alternative Earth where the protagonists find themselves caught up in a bizarre game that fuses giant robots and basketball.

On the planet Earthdash, the infrastructure is crumbling and everyone who can wants to reach the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes. Only the elites are allowed to leave the Earth. This is a problem for young Dan JD, who wants to take his disabled sister to the moon for medical treatment for her paralyzed legs. Dan’s big chance comes when he crashes a game of Bigfoot Basketball, which is played with giant robots, and accidentally revolutionizes the sport. Taking the game to new heights of mayhem and destruction, he gains fame but not fortune or a trip to the moon. Instead, he’ll have to fight his way to the top of a radically changed game while solving a mystery that could affect the future of the entire planet.

Co-created by Shoji Kawamori and visual futurist Thomas Romain (Oban Star Racers, Space Dandy,) the original series was produced by Satelight Studios (Fairy Tail, Log Horizon, Hellsing Ultimate) and originally aired via the Mainichi Broadcasting System. The 26 episode series will initially be released 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.

'Yumeiro Patissiere' Sweetens the Month of February for Maiden Japan

Maiden Japan is pleased to announce the additions of Yumeiro Patissiere and Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional to its catalog. Based on the manga that won a Shogakukan Manga Award in 2010, users will get a taste of how sweet it can be to follow their dreams.

Ichigo Amano dreams of becoming a patissiere (pastry chef) like her grandmother. With the hope of following in her footsteps, she enrolls in the elite patisserie school, St. Marie Academy. Unfortunately for her, she has no cooking skills and is extremely clumsy. To make things worse, she is placed in the topmost class with the most famous student of all, the “Sweets Princess.” She immediately falls to the bottom of the class, but things start to get better when she meets Vanilla, a Sweets Spirit who will try to help her achieve her dream. Ichigo will try to become a patissiere and survive the competitive world of sweets with the help of her new friends and with her positive attitude.

Viewers will be able to continue Ichigo’s journey on Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional. Two years after the original series, she will have to use everything that she has learned to take the next step towards becoming a world-class patissiere… being in charge of her own shop.

Iku Suzuki (Kodocha, Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine, and FAKE) directed both series, with Takashi Yamada (Heartcatch Precure!, Ojamajo Doremi, and Ginga e Kickoff!!) doing the series composition.

Both Yumeiro Patissiere, and Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional will be made available on select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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 is Working Hard with the Acquisition of 'Hataraki Man'

Hataraki Man, Studio Gallop’s story about finding the balance between work and life was announced today as Maiden Japan’s latest acquisition. Based on the hit manga by artist and fashion designer Moyoco Anno (Sugar Sugar Rune, Sakuran), the slice of life story of a young woman struggling to find a place in the publishing industry is immediately relatable to anyone that has ever made sacrifices in order to get ahead at their job. A compelling drama lightened with comedy elements and seasoned with romance, Hataraki Man presents a rare, frank, and engaging “from the trenches” viewpoint on the changing role of women in the Japanese workplace.

Hataraki Man follows the life of 28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata, a straight-forward young woman who has sacrificed most of her personal life in order to rise in the male-dominated publishing industry. As a result of her dedication and work ethic, her fellow employees have given her the nickname “Hataraki Man,” which means working man. Despite her success to date, however, Hiroko is becoming aware that she wants more than just work in her life. Unfortunately, her sometimes boyfriend is an even bigger workaholic than she is and has even more to prove at his job!

Produced by Studio Gallop (Yu-Gi-Oh, Initial D, Eyeshield 21) and directed by Katsumi Ono (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5DS, Yu—Gi-Oh! Arc V, Symphogear), Hataraki Man was originally broadcasted as part of Fuji TV’s prestigious noitaminA animation block. The 11-episode series will initially be made available for streaming on selected media outlets.

Information on other release formats will follow.

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 Acquires Sci-fi Classic 'Armored Trooper Votoms'

Maiden Japan is proud to announce the company’s acquisition of the mecha classic Armored Trooper Votoms as well as many of the acclaimed series’ subsequent OVAs and spin-offs. Widely acknowledged for breaking new ground in storytelling and introducing a level of realism not previously seen in giant robot series, Votoms’ spectacular action sequences and gritty drama quickly turned it into one of anime’s most beloved sci-fi franchises, spawning a series of sequels, video games and novels that continues to current times.

Although the franchise universe continues to expand, the original series story revolves around Chirico Cuvie, a battle-worn soldier who accidentally becomes involved in a mission to steal military secrets from allied forces. However, during the mission, he discovers that the real reason behind the assignment is a beautiful woman locked inside a container. Barely escaping alive and running from his own army, he’ll have to fight to unravel the truth behind the betrayal, the mysterious woman, and the conspirators who will do anything to silence him.

Maiden Japan has currently announced the acquisition of rights to Armored Trooper Votoms, Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Series, Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files, Armored Trooper Votoms: Gen Ei, Armored Trooper Votoms: Case; Irvine, Armored Trooper Votoms: Chirico’s Return, and Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder. Announcements for Home Video release dates and availability for streaming on selected media outlets will follow.

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.

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.

'Monochrome Factor' Brings the Fight for the World’s Survival to Maiden Japan

TV Anime Monochrome Factor was announced today as the newest acquisition for Maiden Japan. The story from A.C.G.T. Studios revolves around a high school student caught in a battle that could determine the fate of the world.

Akira Nikaido, was living a normal life. That changed when he meets Shirogane, a mysterious man tells him about the beings from the Shadow World called Kokuchi invading the Human World. Shirogane asks him to become a "Shin" – which is a creature from the Shadow World – to help him hunt down the Kokuchi and restore balance. But those are not the only challenges for Akira. He will have to struggle with Shirogane’s constant advances, and finding the way to keep-up with his high school life.

Akira’s voice is made by the veteran voice actor Daisuke Ono. The series is based on the manga created by Kaili Sorano,directed by Koh Yuh, planned and produced by Project Monochrome in conjunction with Sotsu (The Devil is a Part-Timer!, When They Cry, BTOOOM!) and Genco (Sword Art Online, Elfen Lied, GATE).

If you like supernatural stories, action anime and shounen ai, this story is for you.

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.

Humanity Fights to Avoid Annihilation in 'Gunparade March,' Maiden Japan's New Acquisition

Maiden Japan announced today the acquisition of TV series Gunparade March, an action-packed showcase of big robots and bigger guns. Based on the award-winning PlayStation game from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Alfa System (Godzilla®: Monster War, Neon Genesis Evangelion 2), the gritty series explores the consequences of war and the possibility of young people joining the battlefield in a prolonged conflict.

In 1945, an alien invasion ended World War II and united humanity against a common enemy. Now, more than 50 years later and after countless deaths, a new group of teenagers have been drafted to train as pilots of the advanced combat mecha known as Humanoid Walking Tanks (HWTs). For Atsushi Hayami and the rest of his class (Platoon 5121), their chances of living to see their twenties now rely on the hardened battle steel of their armor, the courage and strength of their comrades in arms and the tactics of superior officers who see them as game pieces to be played against the Phantom Beasts. Friendships and love blossom against a battle torn landscape, and every day is another desperate struggle to survive a seemingly endless war in Gunparade March!

Directed by Katsushi Sakurabi (Flying Witch, Heaven’s Memo Pad, Living For The Day After Tomorrow,) Gunparade March anime was planned and produced by Project GPM in conjunction with d-rights (BeyBlade).

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.

'Glass Mask' (1984) Takes Center Stage in Maiden Japan's Library

Maiden Japan is pleased to announce the addition of the original animated version of the legendary shoujo series Glass Mask (1984) to its growing library of classic anime titles. Originating as a manga by Suzue Miuchi, the series explores the hardships and perseverance required to follow a dream, even for someone with natural raw talent. It showcases the value of hard work and dedication while explaining one of the biggest truths in life: discovering your talents is just the beginning.

Glass Mask (1984) follows the journey of 13-year-old Maya Kitajima, on her way to become the most well-known stage actress of her generation. She has a deep passion for drama, to the point of losing her grasp on reality sometimes. A retired actress sees potential in her and gives her the opportunity to study in her acting school. As she faces intense training, she must also compete against her rival Ayumi Himekawa, for the lead role in “The Crimson Goddess,” a story that is dear to her teacher. Will Maya be able to overcome the pressure of her career, especially when her personal life begins to crumble?

This drama unfolds to the musical direction of Kazuo Otani (Cat’s Eye, Tokimeki Tonight, and Little Women), with Gisaburō Sugii (Street Fighter II V, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, and The Life of Budori Gusko) as chief director.

Glass Mask (1984), will soon be available on select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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 today announced its acquisition of the legendary series Mobile Police Patlabor TV. This 47 episode series features direction by Naoyuki Yoshinaga (Maison Ikkoku, Irresponsible Captain Tylor) with character designs by Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura), mechanical designs by Yoshinori Sayama (RahXephon, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counter Attack) and Yutaka Izubuchi (Gasaraki, Toward the Terra) and music by Kenji Kawai (Vampire Princesss Miyu, Sorcerer Hunters). Giant Robots, sociopaths, madmen waving guns: these aren’t just the problems the Mobile Police have to deal with every day, these ARE the Mobile Police! But in a world where giant...

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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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