Anime Limited details Napping Princess and Princess Arete Home Video Releases

Distributor Anime Limited have unveiled the collector’s edition sets for two of their upcoming films due for home video sometime this Q1 2018!

Starting off with Napping Princess (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari), also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet in other territories from studio Signal. MD and director Kenji Kamiyama. This film had received a theatrical release here in the UK back in August 2016 and will soon be available on Blu-ray and DVD in both English & Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The film will be available in four different editions: Standard Blu-ray (SRP £19.99), Standard DVD (SRP £17.99), Collector’s Combo and a Shop Exclusive add-on for the Collector’s Combo (SRP £34.99).

The Shop Exclusive add-on for the Collector’s Combo is a bonus A4 Japanese Clear File. Shop Exclusive means it will only be available through Anime Limited’s store.

The Collector’s Combo includes the following content:

  • Film on Blu-ray
  • Rigid box packaging like the other AL CEs prior
  • 40-page Booklet
  • Artcard certifying the release (up to 1500 units)

Special Features for the film include Interview with Kenji Kamiyama, Introduction at the Japanese Premiere, Okayama Scenery, Trailers and TV Spots with Greeting at Japanese Release, Special Interviews with Cast, and Special TV Program listed exclusively for the Blu-ray disc.

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Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years.

She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family?

The film is currently scheduled for release on 26th February 2018.

Next we have Princess Arete (Arete Hime) from Studio 4C and director Sunao Katabuchi (In This Corner of the World, Mai Mai Miracle). Released in 2001 the film will be coming to the UK for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in Japanese audio with English subtitles only.

The film will be available in three different editions: Standard Blu-ray (SRP £19.99), Standard DVD (SRP £17.99), and a Shop Exclusive Collector’s Combo (SRP £34.99).

The Shop Exclusive Collector’s Combo includes the following content:

  • Film on Blu-ray & DVD
  • Rigid box packaging like the other AL CEs prior
  • 4 Artcards

No special features are noted for this release.

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Confined in the castle tower by her father, princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. While she looks out at the common people working, the knights of the kingdom compete for her hand in marriage by searching for powerful magical items from a race of long-dead sorcerers.

When a sorcerer called Boax comes to the castle, he sets about persuading the King to let him marry the princess. But he secretly fears a prophecy which foretells Arete ending his life – leading him to imprison her the minute she’s in his castle!

Based on the 1983 story “The Clever Princess” by Diana Coles, this is a chance to see a story that fascinated Japan on the big screen.

The film is currently scheduled for release sometime between late February and early March 2018.

NormanicGrav

Grav is your average generic anime character who went to University, joined and took over the Sheffield Hallam anime society, graduated, got a job, and went back to do a Masters degree. He considers himself a man of culture and likes a lot of anime, even the ones that are considered bad. Harems, Isekai, Pouts are also stuff he likes.

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