So, there are good news and there are bad news. The good, and surprising news considering recent developments, are that Bandai Entertainment will release an “Anime Legends” version of K-On! on DVD – in other words, a 4-disc set of the complete first season. Release date is February 7th, and list price is $39.98 (though it shouldn’t be hard to find it for significantly less).
This should be welcome news indeed for K-On! fans who have been wanting the series on DVD but weren’t willing to buy the single volumes. A Blu-Ray equivalent does not appear to be in the cards, however.
Today’s bad news item is the announcement that Manga UK’s planned complete series release on Blu-Ray has been cancelled, along with the planned Blu-Ray release of “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya”. A complete season set on DVD is still planned for an April release, but the Blu-Ray version has, unfortunately, proven economically unfeasible for the company. This leaves UK – and otherwise European – fans without any release of K-On! on Blu-Ray.
There are options, however – the US release is easily imported, though one would need a region free Blu-Ray player to play it in Europe, as each disc is locked to region A. Otherwise, there is Madman’s release from Australia, which should be region B and thus perfectly playable on any regular European Blu-Ray player. The discs are otherwise the same as the US release.