Late night “Akira” screenings at Gate Picturehouse in London this weekend.

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

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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.

Complete lineup for BFI Anime Weekend in London this June revealed

BFI Southbank in London will be screening a variety of anime films as part of it’s annual anime weekender. We previously reported that the Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star Of Milos movie would be screened with both the director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami present. (There will be a Q & A session following the screening.) Now the complete lineup has been revealed.

From Goro Miyazai’s From Up On Poppy Hill & Makoto Shinkai’s Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, to Gintama The Movie & Production I.G.’s Oblivion Island, even Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira there really something for everyone.

Here is the complete lineup of what will be screened between June 8th-10th.
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Podcast Episode #26 ft. May 2011 MCM London Expo recap

This time on The Anime Chronicle, Jeremy Graves and Hugo Jackson look back at the weekend that was the London MCM Expo of May 2011 giving you some detailed thoughts on proceedings of the weekend. Also, there’s the debut of our new review segment where we touch on the upcoming Blu-Ray releases of Evangelion 2.22 and Akira!

Available for your listening pleasure right now! So what are you waiting for?

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UK News: Manga UK reveal info on upcoming Akira and Evangelion releases!

The fine folks over at Manga Entertainment UK have revealed details on two of their highly anticipated releases for this year via their twitter feed.

First of all, due for release on June 27th is long awaited remastered edition of the classic feature film ‘Akira’. It will be the first time this title will be released in the UK on Blu-Ray as well as DVD. And because this is a special release for Manga UK, they are producing a strictly limited collectors Steel Book version of the release on DVD and Blu-Ray together with the standard release.

As you can see in the picture for the of Blu-Ray version, the packaging will be a steel book rather than the traditional plastic cases we’re familiar with.

UK News: Beez update release schedule, Gundam 00 preview stream, New Manga UK website launched!

Beez Entertainment recently updated their blog to reveal some upcoming releases!

First of all, regarding a series that has so much potential (and is highly recommended from Jeremy here at The Anime Chronicle) “Durarara!!”, volume 2 is set for release from all good retailers on March 28th.

Direct Beez themselves, here’s a synopsis for what lies ahead –
After saving a mysterious girl with a scar on her neck, Mikado finds himself chased by the headless rider. Shortly after this incident, the Dollars first meeting, suddenly organized by their mysterious leader, takes place in Ikebukuro and will become the field of a supernatural phenomenon, revealing the truth behind the entire masquerade.

But six month after the big Dollars meeting, even if Ikebukuro has at firstglance returned to normal, some troubling events are occurring again. Rumors about a strange being called “the Slasher” and an old gang named “the Yellow Scarves” are beginning to spread out. Mikado, Masaomi and Anri are facing new mysteries related to their respective pasts.

Who is the Dollars leader? And this so-called Slasher? And why are the Yellow Scarves reappearing after a long break?

This title is available for pre-order now as is Volume 3 that is set contain episode 25 of the series that has not aired on Japanese TV!

Next up is the next volume in the ever expanding Gundam franchise in the form of “Gundam 00 – Season 2, Volume 2”. Available for pre-order now and is also due out March 28th nationwide!

Here’s what you can expect in this volume of Gundam 00 –
In order to maintain peace, the Federation annihilates its opponents with the Memento Mori, a mass destruction satellite weapon. Back at its base Celestial Being is testing the 0 Raizer, proving the true strength of the Trans-Am system. But they are attacked by the A-Laws and forced to flee in urgency.

Celestial Being finally learns about the Memento Mori and decide to launch an attack with the assistance of Kataron, they all crash on Earth after the battle. Meanwhile a coup d’état is in progress in the African Tower. The local leader, Colonel Hank Mercury wants to reveal the A-Laws true face to the World, so he decides to take 60,000 civilians hostage.

Is there something the A-Laws can do to prevent a tragedy?

Speaking of Gundam, to digress sightly, on our most recent podcast we spoke to Stepahnie Sheh and Michael Sinternklaas about the Gundam Unicorn project. Well for those who might not be aware, the first 8 minutes of the third instalment are available for streaming right here!

It’s the English dubbed version too and should be a good taster of things to come for the full release!

And to conclude, some news from Manga UK. Following from the details of the Evangelion 2:22 and Akira releases yesterday, they have also launched a new website! You visit it over at http://www.mangauk.com/. The site features articles (with more to be added in due course), video previews and more! It appears as though this will be come the primary social portal for Manga UK, so be sure to check it out!