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Shout Factory Announce October Animation Releases

Shout Factory
is one of North America's leading distributors of pop culture home entertainment- including animation. They have recently announced several animated titles that will be coming to Blu-Ray in the coming months.

First up, through GKIDS Films is the acclaimed anime feature The Deer King, based on a series of fantasy novels by Nahoko Uehashi. Animated by Production IG, the film marks the feature debut of Masashi Ando who cut his teeth working at Studio Ghibli. Co-director Masayuki Miyaji also worked on films at Ghibli and directed the series Xam’d: Lost Memories.  

An action-packed anime film with dazzling animation, The Deer King is a breathtaking story of survival. Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure. 

Bonus Features

· Bringing the English Dub to Life
· Interview with Director Masashi Ando
· Introduction from Masashi Ando
· Design Gallery
· Trailers

The film will be available on digital platforms from October 4, with the Blu-Ray/DVD following on October 18. Preorder from Amazon or RightStuf Anime.

Shout Factory and GKIDS will also release When Marnie Was There in a new limited steelbook edition. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the film is an adaptation of the English novel by Joan G. Robertson, which moves the story to Japan.

When shy, artistic Anna travels to the seaside to stay with relatives, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the beloved young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There is a haunting tale gorgeously rendered with its moonlight seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful portrayals of friendship and belonging

Bonus Features

• Exclusive Booklet
• Feature-Length Storyboards
• The Making of When Marnie Was There
• Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There
• Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast
• Trailers & TV Spots

The steelbook will be available from October 11. Preorder from Amazon here.  or RightStuf Anime here.

Also getting a limited edition Steelbook re-release- this time from Eleven Arts- is the acclaimed Kyoto Animation feature A Silent Voice. The Steelbook edition marks the fifth anniversary of the film's release in the US.

When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constantly bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko, make amends for what he did in elementary school, and become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings in “this beautifully rendered anime” (Total Film).
 Bonus Features

·     Original Japanese Promotional Video & Trailers
·     “Speed Of Youth” Music Video by Naoko Yamada 
·     Theme Song Music Video
The Steelbook is available from October 18. Preorder from Amazon here or Rightstuf Anime here.

For a change of pace from all this anime, Shout Factory will also release Aardman Animation's A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. This will be the first time the stop-motion sequel is available on Blu-Ray and DVD in North America.

When a mischievous alien crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun sets off on a thrilling rescue mission to help her return home, while a secret government UFO organization is hot on their trail. Can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon before it’s too late? 

Bonus Features

• How To Draw Shaun
• How To Draw Lu-La
• Lu-La Slime Time
• 25 Years of Shaun The Sheep featurette
• Get Crafty With Shaun And Lu-La
• Making Farmageddon
• The Woolmark Company Presents: Super Natural Wool

 The film is available from October 18.  Preorder from Amazon here. or RightStuf here.