Aussie Anime Fans Score Limited Edition Classic Packs: Armitage III, Shana & A Certain Magical Index

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Aussie Anime Fans Score Limited Edition Classic Packs: Armitage III, Shana & A Certain Magical Index


Universal Sony Pictures arrives on the local anime scene with the release of 6 classic titles with Australian exclusive packaging — perfect for every collection. For a limited time, each title will feature special book slipcase packaging with the uniquely embossed Japanese symbols ‘Anime Collection’ on the sleeve. Here’s what you need to know!

Heads up: 7 more anime classics are coming in June, including Haibane Renmei and the avante-garde technological mind trip that is Serial Experiments Lain.

Yours, as you like it on Blu-ray and DVD! Buy now

On April 24 — these 6 titles will be available with limited edition collectable packaging:

Armitage III: The Complete Saga

3 DVD set includes Armitage II, Armitage III: Poly-Matrix and Armitage: Dual-Matrix

$39.95 SRP / MA 15+ rating

Finally, the original cyberpunk classic is available in one comprehensive collection.
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Shakugan no Shana

Season 1 DVD and Blu-ray combo pack includes 7 discs with 24 eps including Japanese and English dub tracks

$49.95 SRP / M rating / 600 minutes

Murdered by a demonic being, 15-year-old Yuji has his life force replaced by a flame that dims with each day. This is how he meets Shana: a warrior with a burning sword, and the will of a god as her guide.

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Shakugan no Shana

Season 2 Part 1: DVD and Blu-ray combo pack incluces 4 discs; 12 episodes

$49.95 SRP / M rating / 290 minutes

Shakugan no Shana

Season 2 Part 2: DVD and Blu-ray combo pack includes 4 discs; 12 episodes

$49.95 SRP / M rating / 300 minutes
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A Certain Magical Index

Season 1 Part 1: includes 2 DVD set (12 eps; English and Japanese dub)

$49.95 SRP / TBA rating /
284 minutes

A Certain Magical Index

Season 1 Part 2: includes 2 DVD set (12 eps; English and Japanese dub)

$49.95SRP / TBA rating /
300 minutes
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Armitage III: The Complete Saga

Finally, the original cyberpunk classic is available in one comprehensive collection. One of the first productions to enlist famous American actors such as Kiefer Sutherland (24) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), and created by a team of anime masterminds, including writers Akinori Endo (Battle Angel) and Chiaki Konaka (Serial Experiments: Lain, Hellsing), Armitage III: The Complete Saga is a must-have for anime and sci-fi devotees.

Armitage is a brash cybernetic cop who sports a racy wardrobe and an attitude to match it. Patrolling a riotous metropolis on Mars, she’s got a grudge against a world where androids are at the mercy of unsympathetic humans. In the initial OVAs—also coalesced as the feature film Poly Matrix—Armitage risks everything to track the man responsible for several vicious android murders and to solve the enigma of her existence. Dual Matrix continues years later on Earth where she battles an obsessive doctor and his deadly Armitage replicas. Find out more.

Shakugan no Shana


Murdered by a demonic being, 15-year-old Yuji has his life force replaced by a flame that dims with each day. When the flame dies, no one will remember he was ever alive. This is how he meets Shana: a warrior with a burning sword, and the will of a god as her guide. The two form a bond as Yuji becomes Shana’s accomplice in her battles to keep the balance between the ordinary world and hers. Find out more.

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A Certain Magical Index


Kamijo is a student in Academy City, where people use science to develop supernatural abilities. The guy’s got a lot of heart – luckily for a young nun named Index. She’s on the run from a sorcery society that covets the astonishing 103,000 volumes of magical knowledge stored in her memory.

When Index stumbles into Kamijo’s life, she find a faithful friend and protector, and while Kamijo’s easily the weakest kid in Academy City, he’s got something else going for him: the Imagine Breaker, an unexplainable power stored in his right hand that negates the powers of others. With scientists and sorcerers attacking from all sides, the Imagine Breaker will definitely come in handy – but it’s Kamijo’s loyalty to Index that will be his greatest weapon in the fight to keep her safe.
Find out more.

Comments

  • I’m confused. Why would the title say “Aussie anime fans” and then list crap like shakugan and index? I can hum and ha over Armitage at least.

    • Fans love that stuff. Connoisseurs might be a tad more selective about their tastes. But even connoisseurs will probably like a bunch of stuff that other connoisseurs wouldn’t, so it’s not really productive to whine about shows you don’t like when others sincerely do!

      • Haha. Well clearly I wasn’t trying to be productive, but if I’m not being cynical I’d never comment on anything! You’re too reasonable to counter though — gg

    • I assume Madman’s license on the series has expired so the original studio are now re-releasing them under their own brand.

    • The first season of Shana was done a couple of years ago, and they may have done Armitage back in the 90s on VHS, but index and the second season of Shana are both new releases.

    • Oh yes. Absolutely. The only reason to buy these ones is that they have japanese words on the sides which say “anime collection”. Its a bit of a Faff.

      • As far as I know Madman never had the license to a Certain Magical Index and the Shana series was something they picked up after the original license holder went bust and decided not to renew it. Armitage, similarly, went through a bunch of different licensee holders here before disappearing into the void because of, I believe, Geneon going bust. Don’t think Madman ever had the license for it, but I know Manga and Polygram did at different points here during the VHS era.

        You do know that licenses aren’t forever, right?

        • I have here boxed DVD copies of Armitage III Dual Matrix and Polymatrix, both released by Madman with a 2002 copyright. (Although you have to read the fine print on the actual DVD to find the date.) The first two volumes of Shana season 1 were released by Tokyo Night Train (a Siren label, as I recall) with the remainder released by Madman – presumably a licence rescue, as you suggest.

          As far as I know Armitage II, Shana S2 and A Certain Magical Index were never released here. I wonder if we’ll be getting S2 of Index?

          Anyway, it’s always good to see somebody else licensing anime, although it can make it harder to keep an eye on the new titles. Madman have been doing a LOT of re-releases lately, so some NEW material is welcome. (Siren and Hanabee have been helping there as well, of course.)

    • i just saw the first couple episodes of season 1 – got it from jb blu ray pack 🙂 so far the concept is good, but i feel confused they keep referencing stuff i don’t know yet. give me the information pls shana and dont drag it out too long – i like to know whats happening!

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