The post-apocalyptic steampunk adventure ‘Future Boy Conan’ holds a special place in the hearts of anime enthusiasts. It was the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki, who went on to co-found Studio Ghibli where he directed several Japanese animated films including ‘Castle in the Sky’ and ‘Spirited Away.’
Fans were greeted with a big announcement, as GKIDS stated in a press release that they have acquired the North American distribution rights to twenty-six ‘Future Boy Conan’ and will release them on blu-ray and 4K DVDs complete with an English dub.
They explained in a press release, “GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today it has acquired the North American distribution rights for FUTURE BOY CONAN (Mirai Shounen Conan), the 1978 directorial debut by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). The 26-episode series, which was produced by Nippon Animation, will be released by GKIDS in late 2021. The acquisition marks the first time that the series will be available in North America. A new 4K restoration will be available in its original Japanese language, as well as a new English dub version. International sales are handled by Nippon Animation.”
GKIDS President David Jesteadt said, “We are thrilled to help bring this legendary series to North America.” He added, “With a beautiful new restoration, now is the perfect time for American fans of director Hayao Miyazaki to experience this classic adventure series as it was meant to be seen.”
‘Future Boy Conan’ originally aired in Japan on the NHK TV network between April 4 and October 31, 1978. It was known as ‘Conan, The Boy in Future’ in other markets.
GKIDS released a synopsis that “Twenty years ago, a terrible war fought with magnetic weapons caused the earth’s axis to tilt, and earthquakes and tidal waves destroyed civilization. Conan is born into this new world, raised by his adopted grandfather on an isolated island. But his life is forever changed when a mysterious girl named Lana washes ashore, pursued by shadowy operatives who seek to use her in a new scheme to control what’s left of the world.”
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