More announcements from Anime Expo! At their panel, Sunrise, the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Code Geass, helped us to reveal the cover art and official home video release date for The Vision of Escaflowne, the classic mecha fantasy anime, for its 20th anniversary.
The Escaflowne TV series collector’s edition, standard editions, and movie will all hit shelves on October 18, 2016! All releases with have both the new 2016 English dub and the original broadcast English dub, as well as Japanese audio. You’ll be able to pre-order on July 15.
As you may recall from our Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the series is set for a home video release this fall that features brand new HD materials of the series, plus several new director’s cut scenes never before seen in North America, from the Japanese Blu-ray release. Because the new scenes have never been dubbed in English, we had the rather unprecedented idea of using Kickstarter to ask you, the fans, if there was an interest in a new dub to match the complete materials. With the success of the Kickstarter, the new release will have the new 2016 English dub set to the director’s cut HD materials. In addition, we have upgraded all of the sets to include the original dub set to broadcast materials as well.
Check out a preview of these gorgeous releases below! (Please note all images are subject to change with approval.)
The collector’s edition features both the complete series plus the movie, a 40 page hardcover artbook that includes artwork from original releases as well as gorgeous brand new watercolor and painterly illustration from character designer Nobuteru Yuki, a replica of Hitomi’s pendant, and a beautiful chipboard box that also features an illustration from the character designer. You’ll notice that with this release, the “front” of the box is actually the back, mirroring the exact way this wonderful piece of art was used on the original Japanese release, for maximum authenticity.
Here are more close-ups of the details in the set!
The Vision of Escaflowne also features several on-disc extras, including the Club Escaflowne series of features with the original creators and Japanese voice actors! More details on the full list of extras will be available soon.
Standard edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs are also available for Parts 1 and 2 of the TV series, as well as the movie.
In addition to these, Kickstarter backers were able to pledge to receive a special version of Collector’s Edition with specialty print on the box and a set of Hitomi’s tarot cards, an item that hasn’t been available in North America for years. This is not available for pre-order on July 15 as it’s exclusive to Kickstarter backers, but here’s a glimpse at what those tarot cards will look like:
Additionally, backers who pledge for Part 1 of the TV series also will receive a special exclusive box to house both parts. You can see a preview of that box as well below:
Look out for all of these releases on October 18, and pre-order on Funimation.com starting July 15!