Japanese FLCL Blu-ray Box

Animation Studio Gainax released their FLCL Blu-ray box set last week in Japan. This limited edition set features all six episodes of the 1999 Original Video Animation series and also includes some new art from character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, such as the box cover above.

The box set is available off of websites such as CD Japan and will set you back $173.61.  Now unlike the Blu-ray release of the most recent Evangelion movie, the FLCL box set includes english subtitles. The collection also includes a number of music videos by The Pillows as well as commentary by director Kazuya Tsurumaki and production footage.

Funimation announced several months ago that it would be re-releasing FLCL here in the United States on DVD as well as Blu-ray. No other information pertaining to the release is available at the moment but hopefully Funimation will be just bringing this new edition of the series stateside and not creating some sort of upscale from the old American DVD’s.

So until the American release by Funimation sometime in the future this Japanese edition is looking pretty great.

There was also a little celebration for the Blu-ray release of FLCL which included a talk with the director as well as a screening of the episodes. I’m including a cool sketch by director Kazuya Tsurumaki that was present at the gathering last week.

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2 thoughts on “Japanese FLCL Blu-ray Box

  1. Too bad the JP release was pretty trashy. Reviews all on the web are citing that it’s an upscale suffering from some bad digital noise reduction (like Funimation’s early Blu-ray releases), excessive edge enhancement blurring, and some coloring errors.

    On top of all that, the packaging’s apparently designed to be torn open like a box of pocky with a foil bag being all that’s left to hold the jewel case and booklets…

    • Oh eww. I am really sad to hear that. I was hoping that Gainax would give the series a much better release. Sounds like a rushed release then. At least the cover art is nice.

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