Manga Entertainment promised to be making a lot of announcements today, Saturday 30th March, at the Birmingham MCM Expo and they didn’t disappoint.
The short version of new titles announced and release information confirmed were
- Blue Exorcist
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt
- Princess Resurrection
- Squid Girl
- The World God Only Knows
- Dragon Ball Z
- Baka and Test: Summon The Beasts
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conquerer Of Shambala
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star Of Milos
- Hetalia: Paint It White
- Hetalia series 3 “World Series”
Below you can find further information on the announcements by Jerome Mazandarani.
(We should note that some of the information, such as Dragon Ball Z and Blue Exorcist, had come in the last week or so.)
We also suggest seeing the coverage from our friends at UK-Anime who were providing live tweets during the panel where these announcements were made.
As previously reported this popular series will be released over two half season box sets on DVD with part one slated for August 20th and the second October 29th. This will be a subtitle only release, though it was mentioned that a dub will likely be in production in the future. Whether this means there will be a rerelease containing the English dub is to be determined.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
This popular series is set to be released on DVD only in the future. There was no confirmation on whether it would be released as a boxed set or in single volumes. Though according to our friends at UK-Anime, Jerome noted that due to the region free Blu-Ray release by Aniplex USA there will likely not be UK version of the Blu-Ray as many may have already imported it therefore not being a viable Blu-Ray release for the company.
This twelve episode adaptation of a light novel series will be released in a one-off set on DVD later this year.
This comedy horror series will be getting a complete series box set release on August 20th on DVD.
Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt
The thirteen episode series following the ghost destroying antics of two sisters who were evicted from heaven for bad conduct and are now attempting to earn their way back there, is set to be released on DVD only.
Baka & Test: Summon The Beasts
A DVD release on May 28th for this series. “Advanced placement into a school of higher grade proof-reading is determined by the results of the Promotion Test strictly for class type. Ranging from A class with the best facilities anyone can offer all the way down to F Class which is composed of low dining tables, rotten tatami mats and other worn out facilities. Students can change classes by competing using the Examination Summons Battle system or ESB. Students summon characters with their equivalent test mark scores and use them to compete with other classes.”
Description from Anime News Network
Set to be released on DVD, this comedy series follows a young girl from the sea with tentacles (you understand the name of the series now) who wants to gain revenge on humans for polluting the ocean. She decides to make a certain location her base of operations but in the process causes damage to the property and is now forced to work as a waitress to pay off the debt.
The World God Only Knows
To be released as a complete series box set on DVD the story follows “Keima, a high school student, is an avid player of romantic simulation games. He is known on the Internet as the “Divine Capturer” for his legendary skills to “capture” any 2D girl in games. In his real school life, Keima is considered nothing but a gloomy geek with thick glasses.
Keima receives an e-mail offering him a contract to “capture” girls. When he accepts it thinking it is an invitation to a game play, a demon from hell nicknamed Elsee shows up. She asks for his cooperation to help her in hunting evil spirits on the run. These spirits hide themselves inside the lonely girls’ heart, and Elsee suggests that the only way to force the spirits out is to “capture” their hearts, by making them fall in love and filling up the hollows which the runaway spirits hide in. Just the kind of job for the Divine Capturer!
Interested only in 2D girls, however, Keima is appalled by the idea and refuses the assignment. He has no romantic real life experiences whatsoever. Nevertheless, with the contract already executed, Keima has no choice but to help Elsee no matter what; if they fail, it is Elsee and Keima who will lose their heads.”
Description above from Crunchyroll.
Dragon Ball Z
Jerome confirmed it to the masses in Birmingham and confirming that it will be the remastered episodes cropped into the 16:9 aspect ratio that they are releasing on DVD. You can read big details regarding DBZ being released in the UK in the news item we posted a few days ago HERE.
Hetalia: Paint It White & Hetalia: Axis Powers series 3
The movie of the popular series Hetalia: Axis Powers is set to arrive in the UK in June with the third, World Series’, set for release in July.