Over the last week a fair amount of news has come to light for forthcoming anime releases. At the MCM Manchester Expo last weekend, Manga Entertainment’s Jerome Mazandarani hosted a panel where he confirmed the new licences and release dates.
First of all the new licenses are:
- Production IG’s Guilty Crown, set for release on both DVD & Blu-Ray
- Fractale will be released on DVD on December 10th
- Aria The Scarlet Ammo
Forthcoming release dates now confirmed are:
- The World God Only Knows on October 1st
- Blue Exorcist Part 2 on October 22nd
- Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike on December 3rd
- Gintama: The Movie on DVD on December 24th
- The first box set of Persona 4 The Animation on DVD & Blu-Ray on December 24th
- The first of the new Berserk movies will also see a December 24th release date.
A few days later via their twitter account, it was also confirmed that season 4 of Hetalia: World Series will be released on DVD in December.
Season 2 now streaming on Anime-On-Demand.com
Anime On Demand have been very quiet the past few seasons when it comes to new simulcasts but you will be delighted to hear they now have new content available on their site in the form of second season of Lagrange – The Flower Of Rin-ne.
The first two episodes are available for streaming now with a new episode being made available every week thereafter. You can find the hub page for season two on the Anime On Demand site HERE.
(If you’ve not seen first season don’t fret as all twelve episodes are still available to view HERE.)
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any further developments with Anime On Demand streaming service when the information becomes available.
The MCM Manchester Expo is this weekend and it promises to be another busy Saturday packed with bargains and interesting content for those attending. MCM Expo have published the entire show guide that can be viewed HERE.
From an anime goers perspective there a few notes to make mention of. There will be a few panels, the chance to meet Vic Mignogna and the Manga UK stand will also have special DVD and Blu-Ray deals. With that in mind here’s the info you need to know –
Release date pushed back to November
Following the original announcement back in May (SEE HERE), we’ve just got word from Manga Entertainment’s publicist that the forthcoming release of the Steel Tin DVD/Blu-Ray of Ninja Scroll has been delayed until November 26th from its orignal October 15th release date.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances Manga UK has been forced to push back the release date of Ninja Scroll to the 26th November 2012. Manga are delighted to be releasing this anime classic on Blu-ray for the first time and would like to thank fans for their patience and support.”
Remember you can still pre-order this title at Amazon UK HERE.
Following it’s original series, Moyashimon Returns has been unveiled as the latest addition to Crunchyroll’s Summer Season lineup. Here’s the info on the show direct from Crunchyroll:
“MOYASHIMON RETURNS picks up where the last season left off as our protagonist Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, continues to have the unique ability to see and communicate with micro-organisms and bacteria. Still alongside good friend Kei Yuuki, whose family runs a sake brewery, he develops an even deeper understanding of bacteria world with his special ability!”
Subscribers will be able to watch this show every Thursday at 6pm GMT (non-subscribers a week later.)
You can add to the other titles available to UK as part of this Summer season. CLICK HERE to find out about the show series on offer at Crunchyroll this season.
Mayo Chiki’s UK release by MVM Entertainment pushed back to 2013
MVM Entertainment have confirmed via their official Facebook page that they have pushed their intended DVD release of Mayo Chiki back to 2013 due to there now being no English dub available from Sentai Filmworks in USA as originally expected.
“So it turns out Mayo Chiki is NOT being dubbed. We’ve pushed this back to 2013 now. We’re planning on releasing Rozen Maiden: Overture for November to replace Mayo Chiki – will be up for pre order later today.”
As confirmed form the quote above, Rozen Maiden: Overture will now see a November release in place of Mayo Chiki.
You will be able to pre-order Rozen Maiden: Overture at the MVM shop HERE later today.
The Gate Picturehouse in Notting Hill Gate, London will be holding two opportunities for you to see Akira on the big screen this weekend. Best of all both screenings will be also be raising money for the Plan UK charity.
They will be screening the movie this coming Friday (20th) and Saturday (21st) at 11pm as part of the ‘Late Cinema At The Gate’ series of screenings. You can find all the info below:
For many years, the Gate Cinema was the number one choice for late screenings in London – and we’ve decided to bring them back! Late Cinema at Gate Cinema is a regular event in which we showcase some of our favourite films, and have a little fun too. We have reduced ticket prices for the events, but do ask that everyone attending makes a voluntary donation to our collection for Plan UK.
Akira at the Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill Gate, London
Based on his own apocalyptic sci-fi comic strip of epic length and success, Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA is set in a devastated Tokyo that is slowly being rebuilt 30 years after nuclear destruction.
The inner city remains chaotic and dangerous, the scene of perpetual war between pill-popping motorbike gangs, of riots by the hungry and dispossessed. Ruled by a repressive military government, the masses are swayed by religious fanatics who predict the second coming of the legendary Akira.
But the cult is challenged by Tetsuo, a young biker who is losing control of his recently discovered telekinetic powers – powers which threaten the end of the world.
Tickets are £8.50 (excluding booking fees) on both days. You can book tickets HERE.
A new Dragonball Z movie coming to Japan in 2013
The first season of the series may have just been released on DVD in the UK by Manga Entertainment (read our review of it HERE) but news has come to light in Japan via the Shonen Jump magazine that there will be a brand new movie hitting Japanese cinemas in March of 2013.
The movie will have creator Akira Toriyama involved in the production of the film that will be directed by Masahiro Hosoda (episode director on the Dragonball Z TV series), written by Yūsuke Watanabe (live-action Gantz film and 20th Century Boys), and animation direction by Tadayoshi Yamamuro (One Piece film Strong World, Dragonball movie 4: The Path To Power ).
Trunks & Goten (Picture taken from Dragonball Z series)
In terms of the story there really isn’t much known but early reports indicate that it will be set prior to the Dragonball GT series and will see young Trunks & young Goten be at the forefront of the tale. This would indicate the story will be set around the time of the Buu saga. Based on the image above, taken from the first promotional advert for the film (click HERE to view the advert in full), it does indicates this is indeed the same time period within the story based on the character designs.
Although not live at this time, the official website for the movie can be found HERE.
We will be sure to keep updated the latest information regarding this movie.
The Summer season of anime streaming has officially begun so it’s about time we give you details on what titles are available to the UK as part of the lineup on Crunchyroll. There are 16 titles currently announced. Have a look at them below.
“In 1973, the invasion of an extra terrestrial life form, the BETA, began a war that has driven mankind to the brink of extinction. In an attempt to counter the BETA’s overwhelming strength in numbers, mankind has developed the humanoid weapons known as TSFs, deploying them on the front lines of their Anti-BETA War all across the globe. However, mankind still lost the majority of Eurasia to the superior numbers of the marching BETA. For nearly 30 years mankind has remained bogged down in its struggle against the BETA with no hope in sight. In 2001, development of next-generation TSFs has become a problem for Imperial Japan, who sustains the front lines on the Far-East. As a solution, the UN proposed a US-Japan joint TSF refurbishment plan as part of their “Prominence Project”. Yui Takamura, a member of the Imperial Royal Guard, is placed in charge of this project and heads to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuuya Bridges, a young soldier in the US Army, makes his way for Alaska as well. Little did either of them know that their encounter would forever change their destinies… Witness this exciting tale of human drama and robot action as mankind faces the brink of extinction”
Air date: Sundays | Watch it at Crunchyroll HERE
Manga Entertainment just announced on their twitter account that the upcoming Black Lagoon Blu-Rays they are distributing with Kaze UK have been delayed until the end of the month, July 30th to be precise. The DVD collection containing both seasons are still set for a July 9th release date.
“Season 1 & Season 2 Blu-ray delayed until 30-July. Massive apologies 2 all our customers. S1&2 DVD box set out 9-Jul.”
You can pre-order both versions at Amazon UK via the links below:
Season 1 Blu-Ray | Season 2 Blu-Ray | Season 1 & 2 DVD Collection