Another round of titles are now on their last legs in terms of stock.
A while back we noted that three titles from MVM’s catalogue went out of print, and now the distributor unveiled on social media that six more titles will also receive the same fate. It’s worth noting these are all titles that have been with the distributor for years.
Much like last time, once the stock is gone they will no longer be reprinted. All of the shows mentioned were all animated by studio GONZO, as well as being released as single DVD volumes and a complete series DVD box set with both English & Japanese audio with English subtitles.
The following titles they will lose the license for are:
Released: 18th June 2007 (Vol. 1), 6th December 2010 (Box Set)
The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The prize: the annihilation of the other and the staunch support of the Tokugawa government for the winning clan for the next thousand years.
Released: 1st October 2007 (Vol. 1), 1st November 2010 (Box Set)
Train Heartnet is known as the Black Cat for his quick reactions to attacks and his title as Number Thirteen as member of the secret society Chronos. He is an unbeatable master gunman, a cold and unfeeling killer until he meets Saya, a bounty hunter, or “sweeper”. She teaches him the value of a human life, and that one should live in order to repent for one’s mistakes rather than die because of them. Through her, Train learns to love and care for other people as he too becomes a sweeper and travels with his partner Sven and the mysterious girl Eve.
Released: 2nd February 2009 (Vol. 1), 9th May 2011 (Box Set)
In the future, Japan is a wasteland. In the Great Kanto Desert, scattered humans eke out a living in the hot sand. Among them, a short-statured man they call “Sunabozu” makes a living as a bounty hunter. Like a demon of the sand, he seems unbeatable. Yet, like all men, he has a particular weakness for the opposite sex…
Released: 6th February 2006 (Vol. 1), 6th December 2010 (Box Set)
A small village is being persecuted by robbers who return every harvest to seize the village’s crops. Faced with starvation, the villagers send out a mission to find and recruit some samurai to defend them. With no pay to offer except rice, and knowing full well that only down-on-their-luck samurai would even consider accepting such an deal, the villagers can only hope that their saviours will appear before the rice is ready for harvest.
Released: 16th March 2009 (Vol. 1), 30th August 2010 (Box Set)
In a future-based disaster-ridden city with an enormous gap between the rich and the poor, it is hard to tell which humans are walking around with cybernetic body parts. This makes Roy Revant’s job as a renegade bounty hunter/bodyguard-for-hire even more difficult. When a young girl with unbeliveable strength rescues him from a particularly dangerous criminal, Roy realizes that perhaps help can be found in the strangest of places. Joining together with a few others, they engage in a battle to find out the truth behind the giant conglomerates that are supposedly serving mankind and making life better.
Released: 16th April 2007 (Vol. 1), 7th March 2011 (Box Set)
Ten years after the Bubble War, the dichotomy between the rich and the poor in the world becomes more prominent and Japan is no exception. The rich seeks to satisfy their desires and derive pleasure for themselves, and Tokyo has materialise into such a city as a result. Saiga, once a war photographer, works for Hibara Ginza in the capitalist state of Tokyo. He infiltrates into Roppongi Club, a secretive base located in the red district area of the city, to collect information about them. However, he was caught in the process and brought forward to a girl called Kagura who was in the midst of a ritual. His contact with Kagura awakens his special ability: the power to make things explode once photographed. In order to unravel the mystery behind the Roppongi Club and Kagura, Saiga begins his solitary battle.
As all of the titles are from GONZO, they are not currently available for legal streaming here in the United Kingdom and Ireland unfortunately, so your only source to checking out these shows is by picking them up as soon as you can.
GONZO titles Chrono Crusade and Peacemaker will be back in print under Anime Limited later this year.