Bandai Visual has announced the blu-ray and art book for Otomo Katsuhiro’s omnibus animated film Short Peace. The blu-ray will be released on the 16th of January 2014 and will come in 2 versions, regular and a special limited edition. The art book will be released on Christmas 2013. More details below.
The regular edition (see top image for disc cover art) will come with just the film, with TV spots and trailers. Priced at
6090 4469 Yen on Amazon Japan.
The special edition (image above), which will be in production for only a year, (
10290 7549 Yen on Amazon Japan) will have these extras :
1) Custom blu-ray case, with special inner jacket illustration by Kawamura Kosuke.
2) “Extras” Booklet
3) Supplementary Blu-ray disc, including an interview with the director(s), film release conference footage (possibly this one), digital gallery with storyboards, character and settei sheets, TV Spots, trailers.
On the matter of subtitles – Interestingly, despite scanning the official homepage, and several other Japanese sources, there is not one site indicating any form of subtitling on the films. From the track record of past Japanese blu-ray releases, it is best to assume that there will be NO English subtitles unless specifically stated. ( I’ll try to update this information if possible )
For the art book (3150 Yen on Amazon Japan), a caveat as well – The materials in the book only cover content from Farewell To Weapons and Hiyoujin (don’t ask me why). Content in the 152 pages book includes :
– Farewell to Weapons manga
– Farewell to Weapons manga gallery, including character/settei sheets
– Farewell to Weapons (film) character/settei sheets – see this older post for a preview.
– Farewell to Weapons script + Storyboards ( I’m assuming excerpts only )
– A conversation with Otomo Katsuhiro + Katoki Hajime
– Farewell to Weapons manga (English version)
– Hiyoujin storyboards (again, excerpts only, I assume)
– Hiyoujin art gallery including image (concept) boards, character and settei sheets – see this older post for a preview.
The official cover art of the book has yet to be released.
Here are the purchase links if you want to go ahead and make pre-orders. I’m pretty sure the limited edition Short Peace blu-ray will sell out fairly fast –