The six-part anime OVA ‘Crying Freeman’ is getting a Blu-ray home video release in the United States thanks to Discotek Media.
‘Crying Freeman’ is a gangster anime based on a manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. It was serialized by the Japanese publisher Shogakukan from 1986 to 1988.
Toei Animation began producing the anime in 1988 and released the finale in 1994. The first three episodes were directed by Daisuke Nishio with Shigeyasu Yamauchi taking over for the final three parts. Hiroaki Yoshino composed the music for the series.
Discotek plans to release the Blu-ray with both the original Japanese audio and the English dub on November 28, 2023, but you can pre-order it on the Right Stuf Anime website.
You can take a look at the box set artwork below:
ADV Films produced the English dub that starred Steve Bulen as the protagonist Yo Hinomura. Streamline Pictures would produce a second dub, but Bulen would return to voice the character.
Discotek describes the synopsis as follows,
“Brainwashed by the 108 Dragons, a powerful Chinese crime syndicate, Yo Hinomura is transformed into a killing machine known as “Crying Freeman” for the silent tears he sheds for his victims. When a lovely artist witnesses one of his killing missions, Freeman is ordered to eliminate her. But the heated chemistry between Emu Hino and her would-be killer spurs an immediate reaction. Hunted by the police and the mob, victim and assassin vow to face whatever fate has in store for them together. Based on the critically acclaimed manga series written by Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub) Crying Freeman is a sophisticated pulse-pounding adventure not to be missed!”
Viz Media previously had the license to publish an English version of the manga, but Dark Horse Comics has since acquired the rights to release it in the United States,
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