‘Iron Man,’ ‘Wolverine’ due out on Blu-ray, DVD

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

“Iron Man” and “Wolverine,” two animated TV series coproduced by anime studio Madhouse Inc. with Marvel Entertainment LLC, will hit retail stores June 22 on Blu-ray and DVD.

American entertainment company Marvel is well-known for its superhero offerings, while Madhouse has produced many best-selling titles such as “Summer Wars” and “Death Note.”

Both “Iron Man” and “Wolverine” were made in Japanese anime style, based on the Marvel superheroes.

Each Blu-ray box set will cost 14,800 yen ($181), and the DVD version 12,800 yen, both tax inclusive. Each set will contain all 12 episodes aired on television.

They are priced somewhat lower than regular anime titles on Blu-ray and DVD, and are more in line with prices for overseas dramas. It appears the two titles are targeted at a wider audience than only anime enthusiasts.

The same pricing approach is being applied to rentals, with the DVDs being prereleased about a month ahead of their retail release.

Disc One of each box set will contain episodes 1 to 3, and Disc Two episodes 4 to 6. Both will be released to rental on May 25.

Discs Three and Four, containing episodes 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 respectively, will be released to rental on June 22, the same day as the retail versions. The quick sale and rental plan aims to ensure the titles attract new fans.

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