A new animé series that debuted in Japan in October is being launched on to the international market at Natpe [National Association of Television Program Executives] next week, courtesy of Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI).
SPTI has picked up television and home video distribution rights to Blood Plus within Asia (outside of Japan), Latin America, North America, Australia and New Zealand, after a deal with Aniplex Inc. Distribution on DVD for the series will be handled by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE).
Based on the animé video title Blood the Last Vampire, the 50-part toon focuses on the conflict between two groups: the evil shape-shifting Chiropterans and the Red Shield, a secret organization whose goal is to track down and exterminate them.
In true animé style, the story is told through the eyes of a mysterious high-school girl, who was once kick-ass warrior before losing her memory. The series airs on Japan's Mainichi Broadcasting System and Tokyo Broadcasting System.
Blood Plus is directed by Junichi Fujisaku, whose credits include the anime classic Ghost in the Shell, and produced by animation studio Production IG, the company behind both Blood the Last Vampire and Ghost in the Shell.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sony gets Blood+