Good news and bad news ahoy!
THE GOOD NEWS:
Main packaging has been approved, enough to show images! So without further ado – here’s a delicious exploded packshot of what will be the final Ultimate Edition:
USUAL DISCLAIMER: WE’RE STILL TWEAKING APPROVALS SO THINGS MAY YET CHANGE A BIT, BUT THE OVERALL FLAVOUR WILL REMAIN THE SAME.
WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOX? WHERE’S THE BBFC LOGO?
Packaging + Physical information:
– O-CARD around box (not pictured) with BBFC, Anime Ltd logo and different artwork on it.
– Clean box using deluxe edition artwork.
– 4-tray digipack
– Art card certifying the number your release is out of.
– 100 A5 page artbook
What’s on the discs?
– TV Series, Episodes 1-27 in delicious HD
– TV broadcast version of Episode 6
– Film 1: Childhood’s End
– Film 2: The Lights in the Sky Are Stars
– Parallel Works (split over Film 1 & 2’s discs)
Extras on the discs?
– Yoko goes to Gainax bonus feature
– Sazigen 3DCG Test Animation Footage
– From storyboard to animation – animated storyboards.
– Clean Opening 1
– Clean Ending 1
– Clean Opening 2
– Clean Ending 2
– Music montage from end of the first half of the show
Audio on disc:
– English dub – 5.1 track
– Japanese audio – 2.0 track
– French audio – 2.0 track
– English subtitles
– English song/sign tracks
– French subtitles
THE BAD NEWS:
As you can guess – we have two pieces of bad news. Keeping it sharp:
We’ve got the basic packaging (O-CARD, Rigid box, Digipack, art card) approved – however for 100 pages, the artbook is proving very difficult due to the nature of the files delivered to us. When Golden Week ends (next week) we hope for a resupply of artworks the licensor approves of but we’re currently in limbo there for this month.
The biggest issue is that the delays slow when we can print the artbook too. It takes a bit of time to do the print too so we’re definitely running late.
I’d say latest of August 25th just now – but this one’s not on us – we started approvals back in March and it’s just one of those projects where the committee really cares about the final product. We can respect that and they want the best for you guys too in terms of packaging!
While listed initially as having “My Gurren is Shiny” from the Nintendo DS game, we’ve been told after asking for the Japanese script to translate it that the licensor has not approved it’s use on any other international release. It also was not translated on the version released in America so it’s unfortunate but not a surprise.
Any missing extras vs the Ultimate Edition were to our knowledge also not translated – but I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong!
ALL IN ALL:
Hopefully more good news than bad here – things are moving and there’s not been any hiccups on our side! What we are looking for are for some brave souls to help us out in QC’ing the Gurren Lagann release though – as the English version of the discs are almost ready to go now! If you have time to check it out in HD and feedback within the next month then please could you email us at kerry AT alltheanime DOT com (replace capped words with symbols as appropriate) to discuss.
We’re dedicated to delivering the best format possible to you though so watch this space! Look forward to hearing people’s thoughts!
And on a final note, don’t forget – you can currently pre-order Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition here.
El Presidente, Anime Ltd