Discotek Media hit the Otakon scene pretty strong today (and again making us wish they actually supplied review material!) as they announced five new releases that will be coming up over the next year. There’s a lot of classic and important material in here as well as some great Lupin properties from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Firm dates and pricing as well as confirmation of extras will come with solicitations in th coming months. Get ready to get excited!
Arcadia of my Youth: Blu-ray only using the same master as the Japanese Blu-ray and will use the previously created dub when it was known as “Vengeance of the Space Pirate.”
Plot concept: Earth has been conquered by the evil Illumidus Empire, with parallels drawn to the U.S. post World War II occupation of Japan. Captain Harlock with a group that will become his life long friends begin their fight against this tyranny visited upon the planet Earth, with no regard to the costs the struggle will have on them, caring only for the ideal of restoring freedom to the people of Earth.
Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer: Blu-ray & DVD releases with original dub masters being used for the English language side.
Plot concept: Not all is normal in Tomobiki, even by its standards. The students have been preparing feverishly for the first day of the student fair, which is scheduled to go on the next day. However, problems arise when some begin to notice that the next day simply will not come. As the students begin to try to find the reason for the problem, their beliefs about reality and the world of dreams are challenged.
Lupin the Third: Island of Assassins: Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with new liner notes
Plot concept: Zenigata arrives at the birthday party of an important politician to investigate a fake Lupin calling card. Lupin shows up as well. Suddenly, masked assassins break in and begin to shoot everything that moves. Zenigata goes after Lupin amidst all the gunfire and corners him in the courtyard of the house. Suddenly, a hand holding a Walther P-38 pops out of a window and shoots Zenigata in the chest. Lupin recognizes the Walther as his own and decides to investigate. The assassins that attacked the party are from a hidden island called the Island of Assassins. The island is kept secret by the help of top government officials from around the world who use the assassins on the island for their own personal gains. There are lots of hidden secrets on the island, however, and Lupin, Goemon, Jigen, and Fujiko find themselves involved in a plot that tears the residents of the island in half. The movie also delves into Lupin’s past in his pre-Jigen days.
Lupin the Third: Operation Return the Treasure: DVD in 2017
Plot concept: After robbing a Moscow casino right under Zenigata’s nose, Lupin sets his sights on stealing the Trick Diamond. He and Jigen head to the estate of the recently deceased Mark Williams, another master thief who’s had the diamond, as well as other treasures, in his possession for years. However, instead of finding the diamond, Lupin & Jigen find Fujiko, who tells them about Mark’s dying wish – Lupin must return all the treasures the old thief stole to their rightful place. If this is done in time, the location of the diamond will be revealed, and Lupin can use it to get the real treasure, hidden in Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. Returning the stolen goods isn’t easy though, as Zenigata and the casino boss’ ruthless gang are on Lupin and friends’ tail.
Chargeman Ken!!: DVD & Streaming in 2017; show is made up of 65 five-minute episodes.
Plot concept: Ken Izumi is a kid who can charge his powers from surrounding light sources and use them through a laser type gun.