New versions of series leave wallets crying
This week's missive, as sometimes happens in the writing of these columns, was inspired by an e-mail from Wilma discussing future "Drawn & Quartered" columns we contribute to on alternate Sundays.
"Oh, I heard about whoever-brought-Trigun'-out-in-the-U.S. redoing the DVDs, so that the original opening or ending sequences have been restored, so I'm planning on replacing my old set," she wrote. "Eventually."
Indeed, Geneon's "Trigun Remix," set to arrive in stores in August, restores the series'original opening animation sequences on each episode. Geneon's original DVD release included the same opening on every episode. There's also an audio upgrade to 5.1 surround sound.
In other news that will make fans who bought the original DVD releases of these series cry:
» Geneon will re-release the "X" TV series starting next Tuesday, also with remastered audio and video.
» Viz recently released a "Naruto" box set with original Japanese-language soundtrack and portions edited for Cartoon Network broadcast restored.
This is in addition to Bandai's "Cowboy Bebop Remix" and Funimation's "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Uncut Edition," both in progress since 2005.
Next thing you know, ADV will roll out a 10th Anniversary Special Edition of Neon Genesis Evangelion on DVD, with a leather jacket and a limited-edition collector's tin.
Oh, no, wait ... that's really happening, too ...
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Speaking of re-releases, one manga series being released in America now has seen no less than three different versions of its first volume in its 10-year run. The anime side of things is only slightly less confusing.
Join me in Sunday's Today section as I try to make some headway in the age-old fan debate: Do we refer to this franchise as "Oh My Goddess!" or "Ah! My Goddess"?
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