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Hanabee Confirm AKB0048, Say “I Love You” as New Anime Acquisitions

by SamNovember 21, 2013

Not content with just the six anime acquisition announcements that they made during the Supanova: Pop Culture Expo’s in Brisbane and Adelaide over the past two weekends, Australian anime publisher Hanabee Entertainment has confirmed plans for two more series - AKB0048 and Say I Love You during their 18th Hanabee HQ Update video.

Acquisition #1 – AKB0048

AKBTheir first acquisition is AKB0048, which is planned for a DVD-exclusive release on the 8th February 2014 at a price of $59.99. As the title indicates, it is voiced by and based off Japanese girl band AKB48 – featuring direction by Shoji Kawamori, composition by Mari Okada and animation by the studio Satelight.

All 26-episodes are to be released over two half season parts and comes with both the original Japanese dub and a newly produced English dub.

It’s time for a music revolution! 

There’s nothing like music and art to “disturb the heart” and so it was banned in this dystopian society controlled by the anti-music DES. The year is 0048 and one group of brave young women are out to rebel against this law by resurrecting a long forgotten J-Pop band called AKB48. 

The newly dubbed AKB0048 are out to bring music back in the world and they’ll do everything in their power to make it happen. Armed with not only their voice and dance moves but also weapons and battle gear, these girls are a force to be reckoned with.

So watch out, as these girls will lay their lives on the line to defend their rights and share music with the world.

Acquisition #2 – Say I Love You

SayHanabee’s second acquisition is for Say “I Love You”, which based off the manga by the same name is set to hit store shelves also on the 8th February 2014 at a price of $59.99. This DVD exclusive release was directed and written by Takuya Sato and animated by ZEXCS.

This series comprises of only 13 episodes only which will come as one single collection, but contain both English and Japanese dubs. Extra on-disc content will include the Marshmallow & Mei Specials and clean opening and ending sequences.

Why are those three little words so hard to say?

16 year old, Mei Tachibana is no damsel in distress. She has no need for friends or boyfriends, they’ll all just betray her in the end and she’s already learned that lesson once. But in the biggest cliché ever, she suddenly starts getting attention from Yamamto Kurosawa, the most popular guy in school.

Yamato is handsome, charming but also irritatingly persistent and Mei has no idea how to handle this. Especially when he gives her his number. What is she suppose to do with it? Call him? Surely not? Except she does, and now they’ve kissed and her whole philosophy is being turned upside down. But it’s never official until she can say those three little words. But she won’t…or will she?

Sam
Your average, perhaps slightly geeky 22 year old University student who spends his days studying but his nights watching, reviewing and reporting on video games, anime and manga. Has been writing for The Otaku's Study ever since it opened in 2006 as Sam's Anime Study.
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