‘Iria: Zeiram the Animation’ is a 1994 six-part sci-fi action anime from the Japanese animation studio Ashi Productions. Directed by Tetsurō Amino, the show has become a cult classic among fans and now they can enjoy it on Blu-ray.
Discotek Media announced that they would be giving the series a new home video release as the “Master Collection” which includes the entire series in the original Japanese and the English dub. Several special features will include interviews with creator Keita Amemiya and character designer Masakazu Katsura.
The planned release date is July 25th, 2023, but it is available for pre-order on the Right Stuf Anime website.
You can take a peek at the box set below:
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“The story begins with Iria as an apprentice to her older brother, Gren, a veteran bounty hunter, and his partner Bob, who works for Ghomvak Security along with a somewhat loutish hunter named Fujikuro. During a rescue mission to a hijacked spaceship called the Karma, they discover that the hijacker is actually a seemingly indestructible alien called Zeiram that broke out of the cargo hold during transit and began to massacre the crew. Bob is critically wounded by Zeiram while evacuating the survivors, and Gren is lost while attempting to kill Zeiram by destroying the Karma. Returning to Myce, Iria finds herself targeted by assassins working for Tedan Tippedai, the corporation that owned the Karma, and discovers a covered-up plot to control Zeiram in order to use it as a weapon. Iria escapes with the help of Fujikuro and reunites with Bob, who never recovered from his injuries but had his mind downloaded into a computer program. Together they continue to investigate rumors that Zeiram has appeared on Myce, and try to find out what happened to Gren, who also seems to have survived the Karma’s destruction….”
A video game sequel followed the animated series. The 1995 ‘Hyper Iria,’ the action game was developed by TamTam and released for the Super Nintendo.
The anime serves as a prequel to the 1991 live action film ‘Zeiram’ by director Keita Amemiya.
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