No worries, there's always the third part of the retrospective to comment on
Blue Sonnet is one of those OVAs I've heard mentioned but never actually seen - I mostly just remember it for the main heroine's resemblance to Cutie Honey, with her bright red hair. I'll definitely add it to the pile for the next time I see my unsavoury pals though.
It's one that so urgently needs remastered and rereleased. I remember seeing Blue Sonnet a good while ago. It was one of the first to get me into collecting and I'm sorely irked it's lost to the winds. There are only VHS's of it short of downloading it illegally. That said It is a very interesting anime if cut off a little short. It's also no for the faint hearted.I think it would be right up your street Prof!
It's one that so urgently needs remastered and rereleased.
Never say never. Who owns the rights to Blue Sonnet anyway? Do IP's ever reach a point of public domain where anime is concerned?Yes, I would love to have a remastered version of it on Blu-ray, never going to happen but I can dream!
That's a great scene, sums up the OVAs tone perfectly.
Looks like the copyright belongs to the author Masahiro Shibata, his publisher Hakusensha, Inc and Nippon Television Music Co., Ltd. Mushi Pro is also listed in the copyright on the back of my VHS. The Japanese wiki also lists Walkers Company, which went bankrupt at the end of episode four. Even if you secured the rights from Nippon Television Music, Shibata could still put a kibosh on the deal, which apparently has happened before. Mangaka, even retired ones like Shibata wield a lot of power. If you passed all those hurdles, you'd have to find the 35mm film, if it still exists, otherwise it's whatever composite analogue video masters you could find. Discotek has done it numerous times before though.Never say never. Who owns the rights to Blue Sonnet anyway? Do IP's ever reach a point of public domain where anime is concerned?