Discotek Media doesn’t really do a lot of convention panels but when they do, they go all in with the announcements!
At their panel yesterday at MomoCon the company announced the following licenses which we will go over one at a time: Devilman, Angel Cop, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, The Law of Ueki, and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card.
Starting with the ultra-violent horror series created by Go Nagai, this two episode OVA from 1987 is one that many fans have been drooling over before even the Netflix remake (Devilman Crybaby) started streaming. Anime-Planet describes it as:
Since the beginning of time bloodthirsty demons have devoured the weak and innocent, but for centuries they have been preserved in ice deep beneath the surface of the Earth where they can harm no man. Now, in the present, the demons have begun to awaken, and only one with a virtuous heart can stop them and save mankind. For young Akira, this means merging with a fierce demon and becoming Devilman, the creature who must destroy all demons in its path. With only his ally and friend Ryo to stand beside him, can Akira take on his fate and save the world?
The OVA will be released on remastered Blu-ray at some point towards the end of the summer.
Also being released towards the end of the summer is the flaming wreckage that is Angel Cop (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky). In the new release from Discotek, not only will there be a dub track but there will be two subtitle tracks: One that is completely uncensored and one that keeps the original anti-Semitic storyline intact. Anime-Planet describes this one as:
Having become the financial capital of the world, Tokyo is now a prime target for those that want to destabilize the world economy. To combat the rising terrorist tide, the Special Security Force is established. Tensions are high, however, with both a vigilante anti-terrorist group called “Hunters” and the mysterious Dr. Ichihara and his human enhancement project…
In the license rescue department, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku is getting a new lease on life. Originally licensed by ADV (remember them?), the new license from Discotek will include the original OVA, the TV series, and the Nuku Nuku Dash OVA. Anime-Planet describes this one as:
Ryunosuke and his father are running away from his crazy mother when, feeling the urge to answer nature’s call, Ryunosuke finds a cute little alley cat and decides to keep it. Almost immediately after, they are caught in a firefight with his mother’s lackeys. Tragically the poor cat dies and Ryunouske is heartbroken, but luckily his inventor father just happened to bring along a deactivated robot. By placing the cat’s brain in the robot, Nuku Nuku is born! Now all they have to do is teach Nuku Nuku how to behave like a normal girl instead of a super-strong, cat-brained robot while trying to avoid a mother’s wrath!
Still, in the license rescue department, we come to the 51 episode Law of Ueki which pleases me because the powers in this series are ridiculous to a laughable degree. Originally licensed and released by Geneon before they took their ball and went home, this series will include both the English and Japanese dubs. Anime-Planet describes it as:
There’s an adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; but for Kosuke Ueki, one man’s trash is another man’s… tree?! Junior high school teacher Mr. K is in the running for the title of Celestial King. Candidates must select a junior high school student to endow powers upon, and then the students might fight each other mercilessly. The victorious student’s benefactor will become the new Celestial King! Kosuke was Mr. K’s choice, and for his power, he chose the ability to turn trash into trees. Furthermore, if he uses his abilities to harm others, he will lose one of his natural talents. Now, Kosuke must battle a variety of other power users to help Mr. K win it all, all while keeping his talents intact!
Finally, we come to the last title which would be the second movie in the Cardcaptor Sakura franchise; The Sealed Card. Another title originally licensed by Geneon, it was released on home video in the US in 2003. Anime-Planet describes this one as:
It’s been three months since the last two Clow Cards were transformed by Sakura and Syaoran, and Syaoran and Meiling have returned to Hong Kong. Life has moved on as normal for our heroes and heroines, including the exciting news that Sakura has been chosen to be a princess at an upcoming school festival! But trouble arises when Clow Reed’s old mansion is destroyed and replaced with a Carnival. And with it, bridges, sign posts, and even people begin to disappear. Dark magic is afoot; can Sakura manage to stop it, even if it means losing the one she loves the most?
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.