During Aniplex USA's panel at Sakura-Con, the company mad two announcements:

The company has acquired the license for the Valvrave the Liberator television anime series, which begins streaming on Crunchyroll on April 12, 2013.

The company also announced that it will be re-releasing the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann television anime series in a new DVD box set, as well as importing te Blu-ray Disc Box set from Japan. The DVD box set will be released on May 9, 2013, and will retail for US$174.98. The Blu-ray set will ship in the U.S. and Canada on June 24, 2013, and it will retail for US$669.98.

The DVD box set will include the complete television series with English and Japanese audio, an unaired episode, two soundtrack CDs, a 36-page booklet, a double-sided poster, a 12-postcard set, and two stickers. Video extras include Sanzigen's 3DCG test animation footage, staff interviews, and the "Yoko Goes to Gainax" video. The set itself will come in a box that was designed by mechanical designer You Yoshinari.

The Blu-ray box set will include the series in Japanese and English, the two compilation films with Japanese audio and English subtitles, and bonus content with Japanese audio that will not include English subtitles. This set includes 10 Blu-ray Discs and five CDs. The set will include clean openings and endings for the series and the films, music videos, footage from the "Zenyasai" film premiere event with the "Viral's Sweet Dreams" picture drama, and the "My Gurren is Shiny!!" episode 5.5 original video anime that had been bundled with the Nintendo DS game. Other bonus features include the "Yoko Goes to GAINAX –Study Animation at GAINAX-" clip, a document video with the on-stage greetings held on the film's opening day, a "Gurren Lagann Quiz," a staff interview collection, and more. The five CDs include for drama CDs and one CD of music. The set will also come with a box with an exclusive illustration by Yoh Yoshinari, DigiPak cases with exclusive illustrations by Atsushi Nishigori, a hardcover mook containing an archive of previously unpublished early production designs and other materials, and an illustration book with an exclusive cover illustration by Imaishi.

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