Friday, January 6, 2012

Complete season 1 DVD set coming to US – Blu-Ray release cancelled in UK

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.


  1. There’s an article here which I think may interest you:

    It’s about the connection between music and cartoons and mentions K-ON!