Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment, the licensors for titles as diverse and fan-favored as Revolutionary Girl Utena, Emma: A Victorian Romance and The Dirty Pair, have announced the licensing of a new old-school classic anime title for the U.S.: Space Adventure Cobra. (Shown here is an earlier edition of the movie version of the franchise; compare prices.)
Originally a long-running (18-volume) manga series created by Buichi Terasawa (also known for Goku: Midnight Eye), Cobra is set far in the future, where a cigar-chomping hero with a cybernetic gun-arm and his android sidekick must face off against space pirates that threaten the universe.
Cobra has actually been adapted as an anime multiple times. Nozomi is licensing the original 31-episode version that was aired from October 1982 through May 1983, and was directed by Osamu Dezaki (The Rose of Versailles, also licensed by Nozomi for a release this year). Other versions of Cobra included a feature-film version, two OVAs made in 2009 and 2009, and a 2010 "reboot" of the TV series.
A live-action version of the series was announced as being in production back in 2011, with Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3-D) at the helm, but the project is still only listed as being "in development" at the IMDB.
Exact dates for the DVD release and for digital distribution haven't yet been announced, but this is the first time the series has seen an official English-language release in any medium.
For more information about Space Adventure Cobra: The Original TV Series, visit cobra.rightstuf.com.