Madman Entertainment has just released their release schedule for October 2011. Whilst there is an average number of titles to be released – the fact is that a number of them are “Ultimate” Collectors Editions that will inevitably cost more then your normal sets of anime. Curious? Well here is what they plan on releasing:
Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999) Collection 2 – $49.95
Seven kids at summer camp are mysteriously transported to another reality, where they are befriended by a group of strange creatures who call themselves “Digimon,” Digital Monsters. The seven children are now dubbed as the DigiDestined, tasked with protecting the Digital World from evil Digimon like Devilmon. Can they save the Digital World and find a way back home?
Comment: If you want to see more Digimon anime releases from Madman Entertainment then you should consider buying this – as they have hinted on their Facebook page that how well Season One sells will determine if they will continue on with Season 2, Tamers etc. I personally say yay to more classic “Cheez TV” Anime!
Dragon Ball Z Kai Collection 4 – $39.95 (DVD), $44.95 (Blu-ray)
After battles on the planet Namek result in painful losses, As Frieza reaches his final form, Goku’s allies fight a tragic last stand, and Vegeta hands responsibility for avenging the Saiyan race to Goku. Both Goku and Frieza jump into battle and each begin to display unprecedented power. The epic struggle will unleash for the first time – the power of a Super Saiyan!
Dragon Ball Z Kai Collection 5 – Same Price as Above
The epic showdown between Goku and Frieza reaches its climax as planet Namek crumbles beneath their feet! In the aftermath of battle, neither fighter is anywhere to be found, but Earth’s few remaining heroes have much bigger problems. A mysterious and powerful stranger known only as Trunks arrives from the future with a warning: the Androids are coming, they take no prisoners, and even Goku – wherever he may be – is no match for their kind!
Eden of the East – Paradise Lost – $29.95 (DVD), $34.95 (Blu-ray)
Accused of terrorism and feeling the heat, Saki’s high-tech crew is in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, the shroud of mystery covering Takizawa is lifted as he and his fellow Selecao make their final moves. Every game must come to an end. For those playing Mr. Outside’s twisted game of conspiracy thrills, the end comes now.
Comment: As a big fan of the Eden of the East series, I would highly recommend going with the Blu-ray edition of this series.
Freedom Series Collection – $39.95 for either DVD or Blu-ray
In the year 2041, mankind created their first space colony on the moon. But after a freak cataclysm devastated human civilisation on Earth, the republic of the moon built a domed megalopolis known as Eden. Now in the year 2267, a boy called Takeru spends his time engaging in hover-craft races against rival street gangs, unaware that he is about to embark in the journey of unearthing Eden’s origin.
Fullmetal Alchemist Deluxe Complete Collection (Limited Edition) – $169.95 (NOT A TYPO!)
Innocence and flesh were sacrificed when two young brothers ignored the laws of alchemy in an attempt to resurrect their mother. The horrors they recklessly unleashed that night marked the beginning of a journey that leads from darkness to light and back. In an era of war and corruption, State Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse desperately search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The legendary artifact is their last hope to restore what was lost – or it could be their undoing. The grisly truths found in the quest for the relic will test their souls in ways unimaginable.
Murder stalks the brothers from the shadows and false prophets conspire to steal their faith. Morality is assaulted by military atrocities and scientific abominations. Amid the ashes of their childhood, Edward and Alphonse will discover the power to create is but a breath away from the power to destroy. The bond of brotherhood will be their greatest weapon in the fight for their lives. This set contains the entire 51 episode TV series, 2 disc edition of the Fullmetal Alchemist movie as well as the Premium OVA collection across 16 discs
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Complete Collection (Limited Edition) – $169.95
The television series based on Masamune Shirow’s Manga and Mamoru Oshii’s highly influential film, ‘Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ takes viewers to futuristic society where technology has saturated citizens’ daily lives. Along with the new technology comes new types of crime that exploits it, but female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team of police, Section 9, devote their lives to chasing criminals, both on land and in cyberspace. Contains 1722 minutes of content!
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season Collection – $79.95
The year is 2312 A.D.; four years after the United Nation forces destroyed Celestial Being. Thanks to the actions of the now-missing Gundam Meisters, most of the world’s nations have been unified under the Earth Sphere Federation. But this world is still full of conflict, and an autonomous peacekeeping force known as the A-LAWS employs brutal tactics such as the use of murderous automatons in order to suppress all resistance to the Federation government. It is time for the Gundam Meisters to make their second advent, and their new objective is to crush this formidable force of global oppression. Setsuna reappears with his battered Gundam and joins forces with Tieria, who has been working with the remnants of Celestial Being to create a new series of Gundams using their precious solar reactors. As they try to recruit a new member and rescue an old comrade, a revolutionary new machine known as the 00 Gundam is about to awaken.
Naruto Complete Collection (Episodes 1 – 220) – $399.95 (Achievement Unlocked: Most Expensive Madman Product Yet)
Deep within the Hidden Leaf Village, sharp and cunning Ninja possess an ultimate power while Naruto Uzumaki carries inside the ultimate secret. Twelve years ago, the fourth Hokage sacrificed himself and saved the village by sealing the Nine-tailed Fox Spirit an orphaned baby boy. Now, this plucky prankster must do what it takes achieve this life-long goal and become the next Hokage!
One Piece (Uncut) Collection 14 – $49.95
Tales of a lost land of gold lured Luffy and his crew to the mysterious realm of Skypiea, but their dreams of untold riches quickly turned to nightmares thanks to the menacing minions of a devious deity! One by one, the stalwart Straw Hats are separated from their mates and forced to participate in a deadly contest where survival is the name of the game. Poisonous pythons of prolific size, Shandorian warriors with bazookas that burn, prize-fighting pooches that pack a mean punch, and balloon-shaped bad guys with a score to settle are just a few of the horrors which haunt this once-peaceful land! Ruled by Eneru – a fiend who fights with the power of thunder and lightning – the city of clouds becomes a twisting trail of terrible tribulations for these pirates in the hands of an angry god!
Samurai Girls Series Collection – $59.95
The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who’ve had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them.
and that is it folks, Madman’s title releases for October and wow…. a fair few collectors editions in the mix. Personally, I am interested in the second Eden of the East movie, Digimon, Samurai Girls and perhaps I might be willing to check out Fullmetal Alchemist in all its “Complete” Glory.