‘Future Boy Conan’ to be released on Blu-ray in November

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“Future Boy Conan,” an animated TV series aired in 1978 with which anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki made his directorial debut, will be released on Blu-ray on Nov. 25, Bandai Visual Co. said.

Titled “Mirai Shonen Conan: Blu-ray Memorial Box,” the eight-disc box set will be priced at 33,600 yen ($434), the company said.

Bandai Visual decided to release the legendary anime series on Blu-ray to offer the work in high-quality image rendering. The original 35-mm footage were directly converted to create the high-definition remastered version.

The box set is also rich in content. It comes with five discs that include all the episodes of the anime series in the regular 4:3 screen ratio.

In addition, the box set will come with three bonus discs that show the whole series in the wider 16:9 format.

Extra video footage will contain the first episode presented with storyboards, in addition to a gallery of storyboards from the episode, to provide deeper understanding of the anime for fans.

A 24-page guide book with interviews with staff members and copies of original proposals for the anime will also be included.

Besides, original illustrations will don the covers of the box and the disc cases.

The illustration for the box cover was supervised by Yasuo Otsuka, who served as character designer and animation supervisor for “Conan,” and was drawn by Kazuhide Tomonaga, who was in charge of key frames for the anime.

Rendered in watercolor, the illustration features main “Conan” characters in a scene from the last episode of the series.

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