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Bandai Schedules 20th Anniversary ‘Stratos 4’ Anime Blu-ray Box Set

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Mikaze is a troubled girl who is a trainee pilot for the Meteor Sweeper team and dreams to become a prestigious Comet Blaster pilot.

Stratos 4The Stratos 4 anime series saw a Japanese home video release on Blu-ray back in 2015 or so but now we’re coming in for a 20th anniversary edition there from Bandai. The set will contain the TV series, the OVA series, the two special fan discs, and the log book. It’ll be priced at 24,000 yen and is set for aFerbuary 28th,2024 release. The extras are pretty expansive with:

Audio bonus

  • “CODE:205” Audio commentary by the usual four airplane guys
  • (Cast: Noriyasu Yamauchi, Isaku Okabe, Shigeyuki Ninomiya, and others)
  • *This will be re-recorded from the OVA Series Blu-ray BOX.

Video bonus

TV Series Blu-ray BOX *Re-recorded

  • Non-credit OP/ED
  • Karaoke version with video OP
  • This is how the special making video “Stratos Four” was made!
  • “Mercure” promotional video + Megumi Hinata interview
  • Round table discussion <Cast: Director Takeshi Mori & Cast (Yumi Kakazu, Fumiko Orikasa, Shiho Kikuchi, Kaori Shimizu)>
  • Promotion/DVD CM collection

OVA Series Blu-ray BOX *Re-recording

  • “CODE:XXX DUTCH ROLL” Another Stratos Four!
  • “Holiday on Shimoji Island The other sight”
  • OVA version promo & CM collection
  • Non-credit opening
  •  Roundtable discussion with staff who love airplanes (starring Noriyasu Yamauchi, Isaku Okabe, Shigeyuki Ninomiya, etc.)
  • Extra chat session with staff who love airplanes (starring Noriyasu Yamauchi, Isaku Okabe, Shigeyuki Ninomiya, and others)
  • Isaku Okabe’s Airplane Class (Cast: Isaku Okabe, Noriyasu Yamauchi, Kaori Mizuhashi, Akeno Watanabe, Haruhi Nanao)
  •  Explanation of Airplane Moe by Isaku Okabe (Airplane Mania) (Cast: Isaku Okabe)
  • The last flight of airplane enthusiasts!
  • CM COLLECTION

SPECIAL FAN DISC *New Blu-ray version of already released DVD!

  • “Holiday on Shimojishima”
  • “Mechanic Nao Live Version”
  • Character PV with character song & Melocure’s new song PV
    • “Clockwork Wings” (sung by Mikaze)
    • “Dazzling Sky” (Song: Saiun)
    • “No matter where you are” (Song: Shizuha
    • “Lonely” (sung by Kaorin)
    • “Rainbow kind of feeling” (Song: Melocure)
  • Advance information on OVA scheduled to be released next spring!
    *Information as of 2003

SPECIAL FAN DISC Ⅱ *New Blu-ray version of already released DVD!

  • “Holiday in Hamamatsu” (Staff/Cast Excursion)
  • History document “MS aircraft development history 1 ~TSR.MS development secret story~”
  • New super short animation “Touko Muko’s Nothing Day” (all 4 episodes)
    *Information as of 2004
  • New OVA advance information
    *Information as of 2004

Stratos for LOG BOOK *New Blu-ray version of already released DVD!

  • TV version story digest “READ BACK”
  • Airplane discussion for Pumpy by enthusiasts <Final>
  • New short short “Oh! Shimojijima”
    *Information as of 2006
  • Cast comments
  • US version promotional video
  • Final trailer

The series was directed by Takeshi Mori at Studio Fantasia and played up some good elements with space exploration and fanservice in a way that only anime seems to be able to do. Bandai Entertainment had licensed the original series and the two-episode OVA run that was produced in 2004. Nobody picked up the two subsequent OVA series with a six-episode run in 2005 and another two-episode series in 2006.

Plot concept: The Earth has a defense system against large meteorites that are on a collision course to it. The 1st line of defense of this protection system is the Comet Blasters based in space stations, using nuclear warheads launched by spaceships. The 2nd line of defense is the Meteor Sweepers based on ground airbases using hypersonic planes with special missiles to deal with the resulting debris from the 1st blasts. Mikaze is a troubled girl who is a trainee pilot for the Meteor Sweeper team and dreams to become a prestigious Comet Blaster pilot. Stratos 4 turns around Mikaze’s and her teammates’ challenge to become real pilots, while the Earth faces its threats that come from outer-space.