One of Japan's most renowned and beloved live action and animated property comes to North America.
New York, NY (February 11, 2002) - Bandai Entertainment announced today the DVD home video release of Kikaider at this year's American International Toy Fair. Based on the popular Japanese live action series, Kikaider the animated series comprises of 13 episodes and will be released exclusively on DVD - August 6, 2002.
Produced by SME Visual Works in Japan and distributed by Bandai Entertainment in North America, Kikaider is based on live action works by Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider, Power Rangers).
Alongside the release of Kikaider on DVD home video - Bandai Creation, a division of Bandai America Inc., also announced the launch of Bandai StudioWorks, a compilation of highly detailed collector figures designed by famous Japanese artists based on classic Japanese live action and anime properties. Bandai StudioWorks first compilation of collector figures, based on the popular Kikaida series, will be released this spring.
The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Kikaider - a humanoid robot tasked with the protection of Dr. Komyoji's son and daughter. Gifted with the conscience circuit, Kikaider is given the power to simulate real emotions that helps to distinguish between "right and wrong". Can Kikaider protect Dr. Komyoji's children and battle against the evil Dr. Gill and his army of androids? The fight against world domination lies in the hands of Kikaider.
The DVD home video release will feature the first four episodes in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Planned bonus materials include trailers, production art gallery, and various interviews.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation home video in North America. Launching under its online brand - AnimeVillage.com in 1998, Bandai is committed to the mainstream success of Japanese animation in the United States for the new millennium. In little less than two years and with over 40 home video releases - Bandai has quickly become the leader in the Japanese animation. The company has distributed notable titles like "Mobile Suit Gundam series", "The Vision of Escaflowne" and "Cowboy Bebop." Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the FOX hit television series, Power Rangers and Digimon. Bandai Entertainment Inc. focuses on home video distribution and licensing. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and company information is available at www.bandai-ent.com.