Sentai Filmworks picked up the rights to the Locke the Superman movie last summer and brought it out on Blu-ray in the fall. The release was a surprise as Discotek Media previously put this classic film out on DVD in an edition that looked better than the Japanese DVD at the time. The Blu-ray edition pushed past all of that to a really striking looking release that gives the film a whole new life.
Now, HIDIVE has announced that they’ll be streaming the film with it set to debut on February 22nd, 2021 at 12:30 pm ET. It’ll be available to viewers in the US, Canada, and Mexico as it had its rights split up years ago among many companies.
Check out our review of the film.
The 1984 project, part of a sprawling manga that’s still ongoing, was directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi based on a part of Yuki Hijiri’s original work.
Plot Concept: A quiet, polite, lonely immortal esper about which little is known, he is called “Locke the Superman”, but often denies being so. It is not known where or when he was born, and if asked, Locke will say he does not remember. It is entirely possible this is true. However, when asked by Cornelia Prim in “Millennium of the Witch” which star he was from, Locke replied “Toa.”
He has appeared at various times throughout the history of the galaxy, either as a direct influence, an indirect influence, or a simple observer. Using his esper abilities, Locke can learn and do most things more quickly than a normal human. His power also allows him to remain eternally young, or even turn himself into a child again to be adopted by kind-hearted families. It is speculated he remains youthful as an excuse not to take responsibility for whatever cause he is approached for, since no one expects youths to have such responsibilities.