Nerawareta Gakuen Hybrid Disc Contains A Complete Digital Art Book

By Spencer . March 31, 2013 . 10:39pm

imageNamco Bandai’s strategy for anime DVDs is to release them as "Hybrid Discs." Remember how Tekken Hybrid had the movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and Tekken Tag Tournament HD? In Japan, the .hack movie included a CyberConnect2 fighting game .hack//Versus and Eureka Seven AO: The Flowers of Jungfrau also has an Eureka Seven AO game for PS3.

 

Nerawareta Gakuen will be released as a Hybrid Disc too, but instead of a game Namco Bandai added a complete art book collection. You’ll get a character art book, collection of illustrations / publicity materials, storyboards, and an anime guide from Ryusuke Hikawa. Altogether, the digital art book collection is 1,700 pages.

 

The Nerawareta Gakuen Hybrid Disc will be released on June 6 in Japan.


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  • Anime10121

    Would pay more for anime in the US if they did something like this. As it stands I’m not paying more than 30 bucks for a full cour anime (that is to say 13 episodes), I love anime, but do not support exuberant price gouging (or matching of Japans prices) such as the likes of Aniplex (even though my heart aches for some of their series)!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joelukethomas Joe Thomas

      Believe it or not the price for anime here in the UK is even crazier, saw a 12 episode series for £35 a week or so ago. Which I think is over $50 dollars! =o

      • Anime10121

        Oh trust, we have a lot of companies in the US that do similar pricing like NisA’s upcoming Hanasaku Iroha release for $55 and Anohana’s $55 price for not even a full 13 episode series :(

        • KyoyaHibari

          But they come with huge artbooks that also contain story info, production work and lots of other stuff. It’s a great price if you ask me, considering some single cour series are sold for the same price with no bonuses.

          • Anime10121

            My bad, dont know why I mentioned those two, I thought those were standard edition shows, I meant to say shows like Bunny Drop and Arakawa under the Bridge, that dont come with the artbooks.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Actually they do (or at least did) lol…NISA is making it an obligation to have artbooks with all of their licenses because they understand the problem with subtitled DVD sets appealing to people who watch streams or fansubs, so they have the artbooks as incentives to convince people to actually purchase them. The reason I said “or at least did” is because Bunny Drop and Arakawa had premium releases, but they have sold out because how popular they were as with nearly all NISA releases. Those premium releases are huge sellers because it is exactly what the majority of anime fans want; a collectible artbook with actual behind the scenes and production stage material so they can know not just about the anime (which the artbooks provide character data and synopses on as well) but the actual process behind it as well. I still wish NISA would get to dubs at some point, but the incentive really pushed me that extra step towards buying their products I may otherwise have held off or ignored. I was initially weary about House of Five Leaves with its content and the sub only release, but the artbook and a general curiosity for the atmosphere and critical acclaim drew me in, and now I really enjoy the series with no regrets.

          • XYZ_JolteonZ980

            I think youre confused, their sets initially release in a premium edition, then once their sold out they release in a standard edition ..Bunny Drop did have a premium edition as well as Arakawa http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-joRJIjpNMFo/TdstmMBAvHI/AAAAAAAABIc/LAfYnS9Sttk/s640/arakawa_3D_noBG.png

          • Anime10121

            Oh my bad then, never been around when they first released, so I thought that was just their regular prices.

        • XYZ_JolteonZ980

          Youre not willing to pay a slightly bit more for nice art materials physically and a larger sized case? NISA creys hard. Especially when funimation or sentai will charge the same amount or more for a barebones release.

          • Anime10121

            When Full Metal Alchemist BH came out, I got the Funi Blu rays for about $25-30 new and each contained 13 eps, which I consider a reasonable price for a bare bones package (also the release included DUBS and Subs). I have however noticed Funi’s prices starting to increase as well though.

            NisA is OK with their pricing, although considering all they are doing is subbing with their standard releases, I think their standard edition prices are too high (at least the ones that they sell for $48). These standard releases dont come with nice art materials, more than they come with a sheet that has episode titles and a picture beside it.

            Now their Premium editions, even only subtitled, which they usually charge about $55 for, are generally fair priced, as they usually make those like their limited edition game releases (art book, OST, nice packaging, etc). Their Premium editions are well worth the price, its just some of their normal editions that I feel are ridiculous (considering they only sub the release).

    • KyoyaHibari

      I will say though that Aniplex are digging their own graves with the new Gurren Lagann release…

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        But they are just acting as a way to help people who dont want to import stuff on their own. and or hardcore collectors, all that stuff in that set thats not in english too.

  • Alphabet Soup

    This movie looks interesting, wonder if it will come to the West.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      It already has, some countries have been screening this movie.

  • KyoyaHibari

    Read a little into the movie before this article and it looks pretty for one thing, but it has mixed reception from people who have seen it, so I’m not sure if I’ll check it out. Heck, this probably isn’t subtitled anyways.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    I guess thats one way to save money, but then no english subs on it is :(

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