Discotek Media To Release ‘Cyber City Oedo 808’ On Blu-Ray

‘Cyber City Oedo 808’ is a 1990-1991 three-part OVA anime cyberpunk series from the Japanese animation studio Madhouse. The show was created by Jûzô Mutsuki and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Discotek Media announced that they had acquired the rights to release the series on blu-ray.
The home video release includes all three episodes digitally remastered and features both the original Japanese audio and the English dub versions. It is currently available for pre-order on Right Stuf Anime.
You can watch the trailer below:

Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“To combat computerised crime more effectively, the Cyber Police unit of the future Japanese city of Oedo has restarted the feudal practice of hōmen (放免), employing hardened criminals with a history of hi-tech offences and other crimes such as murder as officers themselves.
Three such criminals are Sengoku, Gogul, and Benten, who are serving their 300-or-more year sentences in an orbital penitentiary. For duty served, each criminal will receive a reduction in their prison time. Desperate to get away from the boredom and monotony of jail life, they half-heartedly agree to the deal. They answer to police chief Hasegawa, who keeps them in check thanks to an explosive collar that each criminal wears around his neck. Hasegawa can blow this collar remotely and it will also explode if they fail to complete their missions within an allocated time period. Each one is also armed with a jitte (the traditional weapon and symbol of authority of the ancient Edo Police), although they also have access to more powerful weaponry.
Although there are no specifics to what kind of society the series is based in, it is presented as very high-tech but with a rather dystopian feel. In the first episode for example, a man under pressure confesses to a murder (which he did commit) and which is responsible for the present crisis. This is enough for Hasegawa to order Sengoku to kill the man there and then without so much as a trial. When Sengoku fails to do so his sentence is increased.”
U.S. Manga Corp previously had the North American rights to release ‘Cyber City Oedo 808’ before allowing to the license to expire.

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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