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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Black Lagoon Blu-Ray releases delayed until end of July, DVD collection release date unaffected

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

 

DVD Review – Roujin Z

Available on DVD & Blu-Ray now.

After reviewing some excellent new titles of anime, especially CG epics and pristine Blu-ray releases, it can be a challenge to re-tune my eyes to older animes, although if you allow yourself to sit back and just watch, you will be thoroughly rewarded and Roujin Z is no exception.

Roujin Z (old man Z) was first bought to us on good ol’ VHS in 1991 from acclaimed Akira director and writer Katsuhiro Otomo, which this re-release definitely capitalises on.

An old widower, Kijuro Takazawa, who is lovingly looked after by a young student Haruko Mitsuhashi and is very much in need of full time care, has been ‘selected’ to be a test subject in a governmental healthcare project where a nuclear powered, robotic medical bed prototype may take over the 24/7 care of Japans rising elderly population, instead of nurses and full time carers, thus, in theory, relieving the strain of an almost overstretched medical service.
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Manga UK to release Puella Madoka Magica on DVD & Blu-Ray, plus new license revealed!

Puella Magi Madoka Magica confirmed for DVD & Blu-Ray UK release!

Following Anime Industry panel at MCM Expo this past weekend (which you watch our video of HERE) it’s fair to say that when it comes to new licenses or announcements it was a little quiet on the Manga Entertainment side of things. Well they’ve made up for that over the past few days with two announcements.

The first is that they have licensed Tora no Quon, a six-part film supernatural series that focuses on humans with mutant powers will be released in its entirety on DVD this coming November.

The second follows a previous item of ours (HERE) where we mentioned that Manga UK were considering releasing the very popular Puella Madoka Magica on Blu-Ray as well as DVD in some form later this year and that your feedback to the possibility could play a major part in the decision. Well Manga UK officially announced today they will be releasing the series on Blu-Ray as well as DVD.

The release date is October 22nd and will be a 3-disc DVD set at the RRP of £29.99 and a Blu-Ray set at £39.99 RRP. Manga also noted that pre-orders won’t begin until July.

This series has been one of the hot import Blu-Ray titles for quite a while and at the price Manga intend to sell it at, it works out much cheaper. For those of you who waited, your patience has been rewarded!

Tiger & Bunny UK home video release date confirmed! – UPDATED

DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack of Part 1 due in October

Manga Entertainment have made it known on twitter that we can expect to see the first part of the very popular superhero anime series Tiger & Bunny released on September 23rd in the UK!

The release will be a DVD+Blu-Ray combo pack, meaning you get both versions for one price. Given it’s part 1 of the series, it’s probably safe to assume it will include the first 12 or 13 episodes of the 25 episode series.

Tiger & Bunny will be the first series to be released on home video in the UK after having streamed as a simulcast with the original Japanese audio & English subtitles on the Anime On Demand streaming service. It’s still to this day one of the most popular series available to view on the site so it will be very interesting to see how well it does on DVD/Blu-Ray (with the English dub included too).

UPDATE –
Kaze UK have since made it known on their twitter account that the first part of Tiger & Bunny is actually due for release in October, not September.

Kaze UK also added on twitterwe have something planned for September for [Tiger & Bunny] so maybe that’s what [Manga UK] got confuzzled by – easily done 🙂“. No doubt we’ll find out more details about this “something” in the coming months.

So to reiterate, the Tiger & Bunny Part 1 DVD+Blu-Ray combo pack is due for release in October. This matches the previous report that it would be released in the fourth quarter of the year.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any further developments on this.

Blu-Ray Review – Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion

Release date: May 28th 2012

Following on from its first theatrical outing Bleach returns for a second feature length story in the form of “The Diamond Dust Rebellion” that proves to be a dichotomy from the first, but is still able to provide a great story and power pounding action, this time (following its original DVD release) getting the high definition treatment on Blu-Ray!

This movie sees the captain of the 10th Court Guard of the Soul Society take a primary focus, a welcome decision in my eyes as he is always a character I’ve wanted to know more about. The higher ranking members of the Court Guards of the Soul Society, while all interesting and unique characters, never really get an opportunity to have their past explored in detail.
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Blu-Ray Review – Bleach the Movie: Memories Of Nobody

Release Date: May 28th 2012

Previously released in 2009 on DVD by Manga Entertainment, the first Bleach movie finally arrives on Blu-Ray in the UK. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out.

Bleach is known for its action, high-octane battles and long running story. But when it made its theatrical debut there’s a lot to consider including how the universe would translate onto the big screen. Memories Of Nobody is the first movie in the franchise. Originally released in Japan back in 2006 following the events of season three of the tv show, this film takes a fairly unique direction as it’s not all about big raging battles and massive powers, though rest assured you will get your fix of that, but instead does take the time to expand on the character of the main protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki.
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Manga UK to release Ninja Scroll on Blu-Ray later this year

The artwork for their previous Ninja Scroll DVD

It’s an announcement that was hoping to be officially unveiled at the MCM Expo this weekend, but word has got out early (thanks in part to a listing that appeared on Play.com today) that Manga Entertainment will be releasing the classic movie Ninja Scroll on Blu-Ray in the UK later this year, October 15th to be precise. What’s more is that is will be a UK exclusive limited edition steelbook version.

Manga said on their twitter that the link went up early but they can confirm it’ll be released on October 15th in the UK. For inspired this decision release it on Blu-Ray they said “We want to re-release [one] classic anime movie a year on [Blu-Ray] and inside a ltd ed steelbook. AKIRA sold really well last year.

It will be released as DVD/Blu-Ray combo double pack, however when it comes to the overall presentation Manga UK seem to have special on the cards. They added “We won’t reveal the design until late June. We plan on doing something a bit flash.

Expect more news on this surface following the London Expo this weekend.

MCM London Expo news: Manga UK announce DVD & Blu-Ray offers for attendees

This weekend sees the MCM Expo return to Excel London for a packed weekend of entertainment covering not only the anime & manga spectrum, but also to comics, sci-fy, cartoons and much more! For more information on the convention head over to LondonExpo.com

We’ll be recording our (now traditional) London Expo preview show a in a few days. (It will be available for your listening pleasure on Thursday). However Manga UK have been busy on their twitter as they have shed light on what bargains attendees can expect to find on their stall at the London MCM Expo this weekend! Here are the details for you.

DVD

  • K-On Complete Series 1 box set [Limited quantities] – £25
  • Black Butler Season 1 – £25
  • Soul Eater Complete Collection – £25
  • Complete season box sets of Bleach – from £17
  • Bleach movie 3: Fade To Black – £15
  • Roujin Z – £15
  • Season box sets of Naruto Shippuden – from £10
  • Naruto Shippuden Box Set 9 – £20
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – £3
  • Origin – £3
  • Hellsing Ultiamte – £3
  • Panda Go Panda – £3
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second – £3

Blu-Ray

  • Bleach Movie 3: Fade To Black – £20
  • Bleach Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion – £20
  • Bleach Movie 1: Memories Of Nobody – £20
  • Roujin Z – £20
  • Redline – £12
  • Akira – £10
  • Highschool Of The Dead – £10
  • Freedom – £10
  • Evangelion 2.22 – £8
  • 2001 Night (TO) – £4
  • Afro Samurai Resurrection – £4
  • Ghost In The Shell 2.0 – £4
  • Higanjima (Live action) – £4
  • Sky Crawlers – £5
  • Origin – £4

There will also be other new titles on hand including this weeks releases of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society as a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack and Fairy Tail part 2 on DVD. Though be warned Manga UK told us on twitter they will only have 50 copies of the latter available the whole weekend!

Stay tuned for more news regarding the MCM London Expo over the next few days (including our expo preview podcast on Thursday).

Blu-Ray Review – Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society

Release Date: May 21st 2012

Back in the late 90’s a very ominous and unique looking advertisement appeared at my local London Underground Station for a film called Ghost In The Shell. At the time I was quite young, still in school, but I liked my anime. While the poster, and the subsequent trailer I saw shortly after – on a New Dominion Tank Police Manga-branded VHS release (I’m showing my age here) – certainly intrigued me, it wasn’t until around the early half of the 2000’s that I finally came to see the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast forward a few years to the arrival of the new series Stand Alone Complex that captured me for its visual beauty, more action-based scenario, complex notions and the unique universe it was set in. Though I enjoyed the first series there were elements of it that went completely over my head (I think it was the third episode where the setting was an online chat room and a variety of theories about the Laughing Man were being thrown around. All the information took me a long time to digest, as it was a heck of lot of dialogue to take in). When Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig came out I truly came to appreciate the franchise on a greater level. The storyline involving the Individual Eleven had me hooked from the get-go and I personally believe the second season is superior to the first, a debate that will no doubt continue to rage on for years to come I’m sure. When it came to my attention that there was a to be a feature length follow-up to 2nd Gig, I was elated, as I wanted to see more adventures involving Section 9 in this version of Masamune Shirow’s universe. This feature length follow up is known as Solid State Society.

It had been quite a while since I last watched this feature (a good few years, in fairness). So when the Blu-Ray arrived at my doorstep I was very excited to see how it held up not only against me memories of it, but how it stood with the rest of the franchise and against the original DVD release as well.
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