Beez - as the European subsidiary of Bandai Entertainment - have the enviable position of having a strong catalogue available to them, and fans are looking forward to some of the best in 2005. The biggest of the big in more ways than one for Beez looks set to be the highly rated Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which is due for a DVD release late in the year and will represent a welcome return for the Gundam franchise to the UK.
However, Gundam isn't the only ace up Beez's sleeve in 2005. First up in January comes the fan favourite actioner Cowboy Bebop, and the UK is also expected to see Witch Hunter Robin and Wolf's Rain in the early part of the year with the popular Yukikaze following later.
Also rumoured for 2005 is the epic Crest of the Stars,
but along with the strong lineup already announced we wouldn't be surprised to
see more great releases later in the year...
Our only real criticism of Beez in 2004 was their
erratic release schedule - you'd wait months for a DVD and then two volumes
would come at once, and there were frequent delays with other releases - but we
couldn't really criticise the quality of the titles they released. 2005
promises even better quality-wise, with at least five new titles announced for
release and potentially more on the horizon, and we wouldn't be surprised to see
some special editions come our way at some point. Their canon does seem to
lean towards harder edged sci-fi and action titles, but that isn't really a bad
thing as the titles announced are all high quality and as long as they can get
them out regularly, and without undue delay, they will most certainly be one of
the ones to watch in 2005.
New Titles Confirmed For Release in 2005
Cowboy Bebop (17th January)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (TBC)
Witch Hunter Robin (TBC)
Wolf's Rain (TBC)
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