Sentai Filmworks July ’18 Solicitation

Looks like they were holding on to one more item for their July slate for the conventions this weekend.

Title Date SRP Runtime
Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA + Movie Collection LE (sub BD) July 24, 2018 $799.98 4430 mins

No April Fools here. It really is all of the series in one set. Unfortunately, it is a Sentai shop exclusive, so you have to pay for it when you order it and they only ship to the US. The set is limited to 1,000 units. If you’ve got the cash to burn here’s the link: https://shop.sentaifilmworks.com/products/legend-of-the-galactic-heroes-premium-box-set

Included in this release:

  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes – 110 Episodes
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden – 52 Episodes
  • Film 1 – “My Conquest is the Sea of Stars”
  • Film 2 – “Overture to a New War”
  • Film 3 – “Golden Wings”
  • Unique chipboard box with magnetic closing front lid
  • The complete 162 episode series + 3 movie across 26 Blu-ray discs
  • Four digipaks to contain all 26 Blu-ray discs
  • Four chipboard boxes that contain the digipaks
  • 200 page hard cover book – series timeline, episode guide, character guide
  • Free Planets Alliance and Galactic Empire double-sided metal coins
  • Two 3D lenticular cards
  • Uniquely serialized metal plaque – 1 of only 1000

It certainly would have been nice if they had broken it into smaller chunks so more people can afford it, but this is probably a requirement of their license. There was a previous attempt to release this show on back in the early 00’s. At that point, they wanted 1,500 fans to pony up $2000 for a 47 disc DVD set. Obviously that didn’t happen.  It’s probably the main reason why no one has even attempted to release it until now (it’s just too massive and expensive).

At this point, no standard release is planned and from a business perspective, it certainly makes sense. Promising a cheaper release at this point would be bad for sales of the release they are trying to promote now. Again, this setup is probably a requirement of the license Sentai agreed to. I mean it’s pretty much a miracle it’s happening in the first place. Who knows, maybe that license also allows for a cheaper release after the current set has been out for while, but they have to keep quite on that for the time being.

For those that prefer streaming, the entire 110 episodes of the first OVA is up on HIDIVE. Currently, they are working their way though Gaiden.

If you’re not a fan of old-school anime, then you’re in luck. The reboot anime is set to start in a few days on Crunchyroll, with a simuldub on Funimation later. Check out the trailer below.