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June 25,2004:
The Spider Angel DVD Box set is released in Japan. A localized version of the American cult-classic sci-fi TV series Cleopatra 2525.

TerabyteStation was asked to create the animated menu screens for each disc, as well as the 10-second splash animation that would play when the disc is first inserted

Animated menu design for the 3 DVD set of the Japanese edition of Cleopatra 2525
Working for the largest DVD producer in Japan-- Shochiku -- was quite an education. Industry standard production values and top of the line facilities were new to us. It was quite an experience.

It was also a fun job. We were chosen in part because of our North America design sense--clients often request a "non-Japanese" design from us (as was the case here). The subject material could not have been more alien to our typical projects we get here in Tokyo. The setting of Cleopatra 2525 is five centuries into the future. Cleo is a topless dancer who goes into suspended animation after having breast augmentation surgery. She awakes 500 years in the future and teams with two other women, joining their fight against the 'Baileys' who control the surface of the earth. Humanity has moved underground and built a complex of elaborate shafts and tunnels created by the "shaft builders" to survive the Bailey menace. Cleo wows the 26th century denizens with her philosophical sayings (all of which come from Star Wars and Star Trek TV and movies she's seen and from lyrics to pop songs of the late 20th century)--the making of a Cult Classic!