Shout! Factory Releasing Anime Series ‘B: The Beginning’ on Disc and Digital Oct. 6

Shout! Factory will release B: The Beginning — Season One for digital download and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 6.

The popular Netflix anime series from Production I.G. (“Psycho-Pass,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Attack on Titan”) and director Kazuto Nakazawa is a character-driven crime procedural that blends the visual styles of anime, dystopian sci-fi, supernatural fantasy and gritty mystery.

The tiny city-state of Cremona has been shocked by a string of gruesome murders. As only vicious killers are being targeted, and from an enigmatic mark left at each crime scene, people call this mysterious executioner “Killer B.” When former detective Keith Kazama Flick is called back on duty after an eight-year hiatus, a new team assembles at the Royal Investigation Service with the purpose of putting an end to the bloodshed.

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B: The Beginning — Season One includes all 12 episodes with both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, and an English dub. Extras include a mini-poster, two art cards, the pilot film that inspired the series, an interview with Nakazawa, and “Clean Opening — Clean Ending.”

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Also arriving Oct. 6 is B: The Beginning — The Ultimate Collection, a limited-edition set housed in a slipcase with three art cards and a 160-page hardback book packed with information about every element of the show’s world and story, taking fans behind the scenes of its production with staff interviews, character designs, background artwork, location information and more. The set includes the Blu-ray of the first season and a 21-track soundtrack CD.

Shout! Factory Bags Distribution Deal for Anime Series ‘B: The Beginning’

Shout! Factory and U.K. animation distributor Anime Limited June 8 announced a North American home entertainment distribution deal for the suspenseful anime series “B: The Beginning.”

Shout! Factory plans to bring the first season of “B: The Beginning” to home audiences later this year, with plans for a Blu-ray Disc as well as an electronic sellthrough release on select digital platforms.

“We’re thrilled to be embarking on this new relationship with Anime Limited,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “They’re well-known for their expert, high-quality releases and forward-looking business strategy, and we’re excited to partner with them.”

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“We’re excited to be collaborating with Shout! Factory to bring our ultimate edition of ‘B: The Beginning’ to U.S. audiences,” added Andrew Partridge, founder and CEO of Anime Limited. “Working with Shout! Factory provides access to their experience and expertise in the US, while developing the Anime Limited collector’s edition in a brand-new market. Shout! Factory is the ideal company to set out on this new venture with, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do together.”

The deal was negotiated for Shout! Factory by Jordan Fields, VP of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory, and Partridge.

“B: The Beginning” is a character-driven mystery thriller created by Kazuto Nakazawa (Parasite Dolls) alongside the renowned studio Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass), and was directed by Nakazawa. The soundtrack is composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Blood: The Last Empire, Tiger & Bunny), with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.