Ruin Explorers OVA and Patlabor TV anime licensed by Maiden Japan

2013.03.21 12:56:17 by andy category : Games & Anime Tags :Anime Maiden Japan Patlabor Ruin Explorers

In addition to their recent licensing of Black Magic M-66, Maiden Japan has now announced that they will be licensing the Ruin Explorers OVA and the Mobile Police Patlabor TV anime.


Ruin Explorers is a four-episode OVA series based on the manga by Kunihiko Tanaka. Written and and directed by Takeshi Mori (Gunsmith Cats, Vandread), the original series was released in 1995. The series will arrive digitally and on bilingual DVD on July 2nd.


Synopsis by Maiden Japan:

Ancient curses, enchanted artifacts and plain old fashioned dungeon diving: that’s what Fam and Ihrie do for a living – whenever these lovely young ladies can get someone to pay them for it, that is.  As two highly trained magic users with slightly faulty spelling abilities (Fam can’t do anything destructive and Ihrie keeps turning into a mouse,) they’re off on a quest for the “Ultimate Power.”  All they have to do is find three artifacts: the Proof Of Royalty, the Sword of Sargus and the Mirror of Truth.  So how hard can it be?  Unfortunately, Sorceress Rasha and her muscle-headed partner Migel are on the same quest, as are the mysterious Prince Lyle, the anything for a buck merchant Galuff with his dog Gil, and the sinister magician Rugudurol!  And to make this epic odyssey even more odd and complex, it’s not really clear as to exactly which ones are the bad guys!  Hold onto your talismans and amulets, because the road to high adventure is about to have a multi-mage pileup, and the fate of all humanity may just be in the hands of two underpaid young women trying to make a living as RUIN EXPLORERS!


The Mobile Police Patlabor TV anime was previously released by U.S. Manga Corps, but is now licensed by Maiden Japan. The series ran for 47 episodes from 1989 to 1990, and is directed by Naoyuki Yoshinaga (Maison Ikkoku, Irresponsible Captain Tylor). The series will be released digitally and on bilingual Blu-ray/DVD on July 16th alongside the Patlabor OVAs.


Synopsis by Maiden Japan:

Giant Robots, sociopaths, madmen waving guns: these aren’t just the problems the Mobile Police have to deal with every day, these ARE the Mobile Police!  But in a world where giant robots called Labors are frequently used for criminal purposes, the boys and girls in blue have to face things that are even bigger and scarier!  So when police cadet Noa Izumi comes in to take a pilot aptitude test and instead initiates a high speed chase after a stolen Police Labor, it’s clear that she’s got exactly the right combination of guts, brains and just plain crazy that the Second Special Vehicles Division desperately needs.  But fitting into the frequently insane lifestyle of SV2 won’t be easy.  She’ll have rivals for the pilot seat of the mech that’s stolen Noa’s heart, and her patrol duties will include herding whales, exorcising hauntings and fighting rogue military units on top of the usual terrorists.  On the other hand, she gets to carry the biggest handgun EVER.  The wheels of justice keep turning (or, in this case, running on giant metal legs,) as SV2 hits the street in MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR TV!



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