2D Champions Episode 77: The Dragon Dentist

The Champions experience the horrors of giant cavities and learn the importance of flossing with tiny people in our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’. Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki with animation by Studio Khara, ‘The Dragon Dentist’ is a special two-part OVA of sorts that is itself a spin-off of one of the Japan Animator Expo short films. Does ‘The Dragon Dentist’ soar above even our highest expectations? Or does it just feel like a story that we dreamed up under sedation? Listen and find out!

Our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’ begins around the 30-minute mark. The first half of this is episode is a discussion about Crunchyroll’s reduced premium video quality fiasco.

Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 Release Date

Sunrise and Bandai Visual have announced that the fourth episode of their popular Gundam Unicorn OVA series will premiere in Japanese theaters on November 12th and be released on home video a few weeks later on December 2nd. The new episode will be entitled ‘At the Bottom of the Gravity Well’.

This new episode begins the second half of the series and will introduce several new characters and mobile suits perhaps even including the highly anticipated ‘Shamblo’ Mobile Armor from the original novels.

New Rurouni Kenshin Newtype Image

Now this is more of what I had in mind for the covers of the upcoming blu-ray releases. Bloody Kenshin. The image comes straight out of this month’s issue of Kadokawa’s Newtype anime magazine. Although the new remastered release for the OVA’s is advertised at the bottom of the image, the article itself is entitled ‘Rurouni Kenshin TV animation 15th anniversary project’.

If by some crazy chance that this is our first look at what the new animated adaptation might look like…count me in.

Hellsing OVA 8 Release Date Announced (Updated)

The most recent issue of Young King OURS magazine has revealed that the 8th episode of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series will be released on June 22nd. This is the first episode of the ‘final season’ of the OVA series which includes episodes 8 through 10. It is unclear whether or not these last few episodes will also cover Kouta Hirano’s prequel manga Hellsing The Dawn or not.

The 7th episode of the series was released back in December 2009. It’s been a long wait.

From Moetron.

 

Update on 6/21/11: The upcoming 8th episode of the OVA series has been delayed again. The new release date is now July 27th. It has also been announced that there will be a bonus ‘petit anime’ extra; meaning that there will be a short bonus animation featuring ‘chibi’ versions of the primary characters.

I am also included the newly released cover images for the normal and collector’s editions of episode VIII below.

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.

New Noitamina Anime Announced

Fractale is a new original television anime that will be airing in January 2011 on the popular Noitamina programming block in Japan. The new show will be directed by Yutaka Yamamoto (of Haruhi Suzumiya fame) and will be animated by A-1 Pictures along with Yamamoto’s Studio Ordet which just recently worked on the Black Rock Shooter OVA.

Here is the story synopsis from ANN:

The story is set on an island at the far reaches of a continent where the “Fractale System” is on the brink of collapse. A boy named Kurain embarks on a journey to search for Furyune — a girl who disappeared, leaving behind only a pendant. Kurain will eventually learn the secrets of the “System.”

The Noitamina block has been quite popular in Japan for some time now and it’s programming is now being streamed live by Funimation for American audiences starting with House of Five Leaves and The Tatami Galaxy this past spring. Fractale shows potential and after a quite bland summer season this year I’m looking forward to a more interesting selection of shows this fall and winter.