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Bandai Licensing "Hiwou's War," "Zeta" Films and More -- CORRECTED

At their panel at Anime Expo today, Bandai Entertainment announced the acquisition of Hiwou’s War (Hiwou Senki), a 26-episode series that was Studio Bones’ first. Individual volumes will retail for $38.99. Vol. 1 is set for Sept. 12, Vol. 2 is due on Nov. 14, and Vol. 3 on Jan. 2, 2007.

They also announced the Cutey Honey live action film to be released in 2007.

The company announced that both completed Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OVAs, Laughing Man and The Individual 11, will be released in 2007. Later that year, the company will release the two-hour Solid State Society feature, which will take place after the events of 2nd Gig.

Bandai said they will premiere the first of the three Zeta Gundam films at the Chicago Film Festival in October, and that Yoshiyuki Tomino will be in attendance. The rights for the films are currently under negotiation.

The company hopes to release the DVDs for .hack//ROOTS in 2007, with a TV broadcast late this year or early next year. However, these plans are tentative as the rights have technically not yet been secured.

Similarly, a trailer for Mai-OTOME was screened at the panel, but Bandai confirmed to Toon Zone that the rights are still under negotiation.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article said that Mai-OTOME had been licensed by Bandai. In fact, the title is still under negotiation.

[Thanks to Misuzu of VisualNews.net for on-site reporting.]

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