“Lagrange – The Flower Of Rin-ne” Season 2 now showing on Anime On Demand

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.

Ninja Scroll Blu-Ray release date pushed back to November.

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.

Crunchyroll adds ‘Moyashimon Returns’ to streaming lineup.

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 DVD pushed back to 2013 by MVM Entertainment

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.

DVD Review – Bleach: Series 9 Part 1 (Episodes 168-178)

Available on DVD now

As we dive back into the world of Bleach, you will recall we last left our heroes in the world of Hueco Mundo as they strive to put a stop to Aizen and his fiendish… wait, that tale isn’t continuing for a while? Instead we’re going to be treated to a new standalone story set in the world of the living (that has nothing to do with the ongoing story from the last volume) surrounding a mysterious trio taking refuge on Earth?

This is what you will be met with as you pop in this DVD set. As mentioned in my review of Series 8 Part 2 (read it HERE) due to production issues when the series first aired – namely that the anime was far too close to the Manga of Bleach being published at the same time in Japan – series 9 began a new original story to break the flow of what we had been watching. But I’m happy to report that from my perspective this is actually a welcomed change and isn’t as bad of an occurrence as some might perceive. Yes it is an original story, which I appreciate can be a major turn off for some people, but the good thing about this collection of episodes is that it does takes us back to some older ground of the Bleach universe. We get to see our heroes in the world of living attending school and joking around with each other, reminding us that at the end of the day they are only high school students. (Something that in all honestly I had forgotten about given the serious overtone of the Hueco Mundo story.) So, although it has created a bump in the road of a story we have already invested a lot of time in, it is nice to have a break once in a while before plowing on with whatever awaits us next (in this instance) in Hueco Mundo.
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Blu-Ray Review – Angel Beats Complete Collection

Available on DVD & Blu-Ray now

Imagine that you wake up outdoors and crouched down in front of you is a school girl pointing a sniper rifle at a fellow student, who apparently is the enemy, standing across the courtyard. This same girl who’s wielding said sniper rifle then tries to recruit you for a group she fronts during which time you have been informed that you’re now in the afterlife. This is exactly what you can expect in the opening scene of Angel Beats as you follow the (very unique) journey of Otonashi who has no clue what’s going on coupled with the fact he has amnesia & doesn’t remember anything about himself. (Not exactly the greatest condition to be in given the circumstances.)

As you may have guessed Angel Beats surrounds a group of students trying maintain a strong opposing force against Angel, the girl I mentioned who was having a sniper rifle (unbeknownst to her) waiting to deliver a shot to her cranium, in a world that could be best described as unique version of the afterlife that is confined to the grounds a high school. The goal of the students is simple: remain in that world. If they cause an imbalance on how the things should run or perhaps how they conduct themselves in certain situations, they will likely be met with consequences (usually Angel, who coincidentally is the student council leader, coming along to dish out some punishment) or perhaps even being ‘obliterated’.
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DVD Review – Welcome To The Space Show

Available on DVD and as Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack now

Space has always been on the list of challenges for man, a seemingly infinite plateau of cosmic science that even the most advanced scientists are still struggling to find answers too. With the first rocket launches all the way through to the international space station, we are still light-years away from conquering this dark and secretive place.

The joy of this unknown is the wonderful curiosity we find in our imaginations to speculate the ‘what ifs’ of space that lend itself so well to fictional story telling.

Welcome To The Space Show opens with a furious yet beautiful chase between alien life forms, already wetting the palette with some amazing effects and colours, in combat over a substance know as ‘zughan’. After all the commotion disperses, we meet our little group, whom are all on their way to summer camp. Whilst searching for Amane’s pet rabbit, Pyon-kichi, which her elder cousin Natsuki has let escape, our group, lead by the eldestKiyoshi, including Noriko, a quiet but morally strong character and Koji, an enthusiastic young boy, come a cross a crop circle, uncovering a hurt little dog and decide to bring him back and nurse him to health.
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New Dragonball Z movie set for release in Japan in 2013

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.

DVD Review – Hetalia World Series – Season Three Collection

Release date: July 23rd 2012

I had wondered if it was just the Hetalia: Paint It White movie that was suffering from a bad case of the ‘What?’, in terms of its pacing, structure and bizarre inanities. Apparently it isn’t. But, having said that, there are some significant benefits to having Hetalia in a series format rather than one drawn-out story.

For those that are unaware, Hetalia is a comedy series which stars personifications of the world’s countries in vignettes that are generally rough allegories of historical events picked throughout time (although mainly focusing on the World Wars), and also a great deal of random irreverence that are completely unrelated to history. There’s no wider story arc other than the simple progression of episodes and introduction of more characters, so unless you’re coming straight into the third season it shouldn’t be challenging to progress through. By this point, there are a lot of characters. Working with countries as a basis actually gives the audience a great advantage with getting to grips with the series, as there are fewer collections of things that we’re more familiar with- at some point in our lives we will probably have heard of most of the names being thrown around, so you’re given a leg up from the beginning. More obscure characters (like Wy and Sealand, which are actually real micronations) take some introduction, but usually this happens as a matter of course during the episode progression anyway.
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16 Summer Season Streaming shows available to the UK at Crunchyroll

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.

Total Eclipse
“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
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