Category > Retail
UK readers might be disappointed or unsurprised to hear that HMV will be closing 60 of their stores across the country as their sales and shares slump as reported by BBC News, The Guardian and other news sources. HMV have been scaling back recently closing their flagship Shibuya store in Tokyo in 2010.
Early estimates suggest that they will close 40 HMV stores, and 20 Waterstones stores across the country.
Anime fans may be interested to know that HMV account for 30% of Manga Entertainment UK's business.
Souce: BBC NewsJoe
Christmas hasn't even arrived yet and the folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us the details of the Summer Wars release due out on 28th March 2011 in the UK and February 15th 2011 in the US.
The Summer Wars Trailer is up on Apple's Website.
The UK release is available on DVD and Blu-ray along with a double pack with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time as it's by the same director Mamoru Hosoda.
Having seen Summer Wars at the BFI Southbank earlier this year, we can confirm that it's an excellent title, and well worth adding to your collection.
UK Release - 28th March 2011
Pre-order Summer Wars / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Blu-Ray Double Pack from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order Summer Wars DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order Summer Wars Blu-Ray from Amazon.co.uk
US Release - February 15th 2011
Pre-order Summer Wars Blu-Ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order Summer Wars DVD from Amazon.com
Souce: Manga Entertainment UKJoe
The folks from Sentai Filmworks have sent us the details of the US DVD release of Nyan Koi! Complete Collection an anime title with plenty of cats and girls. The 12 episode set is subbed only. It's out today.
Can Junpei beat the curse and do 100 great favors for cats or will he be cursed and turned into a cat himself?! You'll have to watch it to find out.
You can order it from Amazon.com.
Manga Entertainment UK have sent us some sad news about the release of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood on Blu-ray. Due to the poor sales of Part 1 and 2 on Blu-ray they will discontinue the series on the format. Part 3 onwards will still be released on DVD.
This due to the high cost of producing Blu-rays and the low sales they've had of the format.
At least Manga Entertainment have sent a press release, other companies just silently pull titles.
Just a quick reminder to UK anime fans that the highly anticipated Eden of the East is due out next week on Monday 29th November 2010, appropriately only a week after Careless Monday event in the series.
It's available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.
Category > Press Releases
Bandai Entertainment have sent us details fresh from NYAF including that Lucky Star Manga Volume 6 is out today. You can order it from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
The original Mobile Suit Gundam will be released as a two part DVD under the Anime Legend range.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is going to get a US blu-ray release, details and dates still to be confirmed.
Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is coming to blu-ray.
K-ON! Season 1 will be released on DVD and blu-ray, and will be released over 4 parts. Additionally they'll be releasing a standard and special addition which features a CD (with tracks to be confirmed).
Gundam 00 movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer has also got a North AMerican release, again details and release dates to be confirmed.
Studio Ghibli fans will be very excited to to hear about the Japanese Blu-ray release of Laputa, the Castle in the Sky. The high definition 1080p release is due out on 22nd December 2010. Like the Japanese blu-ray release of Nausicaa, it should be region free, meaning it'll play on any blu-ray player, including the PS3. It will have English subtitles, but it does not appear to have an English dub track.
Details as follows:
English Japanese French Cantonese Mandarin Korean
Japanese: DTS HD 2.0 Surround
Cantonese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Korean: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Mandarin: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
It retails for 6800 Japanese Yen, which is about 82 US Dollars or 52 Pounds (GBP / UK).
JBox/JList,Otaku.com and CDJapan are currently taking pre-orders for Castle in the Sky on Blu-ray.
Souce: Disney JapanJoe
Category > Gaming
We've been sent the details about the UK release of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, the popular action fighting game featuring historical figures kicking the backsides of whole armies. We've covered cosplayers who like to dress in Sengoku period clothes before.
The Capcom game is due out on Wii and PS3 on 15th October 2010, with Manga Entertainment due to release the anime version on DVD on 8th November 2010. As the in game Date Masamune would say "Let's party"!
Want zombies with your anime? The good folks at Sentai Filmworks and Anime Network are willing to provide you with infected flesh eating monsters! Sentai Filmworks have the license for High School of the Dead. and will be releasing it subbed and dubbed throughout North America.
The Anime Network will also be showing the first and second episode from Monday July 5th to subscribers in North America.
The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the up coming DVD release of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 1. The box set contains the first 13 episodes of the adventures of a more mature Naruto.
It's due out on Monday 14th June 2010. You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk.
The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the up coming DVD release of Soul Eater. Part one contains the first 13 episodes of the series. It's due out on Monday 28th June 2010.
You can pre-order Soul Eater Part One from Amazon.co.uk.
Category > Retail
We've received details from Manga Entertainment UK about the great bargains they'll be offering over the weekend of 29th and 30th of May 2010 at the London MCM Expo. They'll have 50% off most DVDs including boxsets and Blu-ray titles, along with a £1 manga shop.
You'll also be able to pick up Sky Crawlers on DVD and Blu-ray a bit earlier too.
UK based anime fans should take note that Ponyo is out in 3 weeks on Monday 7th June 2010. Amazon.co.uk already has pre-orders. There are several editions available. Prices range from about £18 for the deluxe edition down to £11 for the regular edition.
Ponyo DVD – 2 Disc Edition
Ponyo Blu-ray + DVD Combi Pack
Ponyo Deluxe Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combi Pack
Ponyo DVD 1 Disc Edition
The deluxe edition comes with postcards and a sticker sheet.
Play.com also have each edition £1 cheaper than Amazon.co.uk. However, Amazon.co.uk have a pre-order price promise. Meaning that they should match Play's price.
Souce: Otaku NewsJoe
We've been sent the details about the Clannad English Dub from Sentai Filmworks. Up until now they've only been producing subtitle only titles. We don't have a release date yet. They also plan an upgrade offer for those who purchased the original subtitle only DVD. Sentai Filmworks intend to release Blue Drop, Ghost Hound, Legends of the Dark King - A Fist of the North Star Story and Tears to Tiara.
Read More... | Souce: Sentai FilmworksJoe
The good folks from Beez have sent us details about the upcoming release of Gundam Unicorn on Friday 12th 2010 on Blu-ray disc. The release will be worldwide simultaneously in the 7 territorial areas of Japan, US, Canada, UK, France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
You can view the first 7 minutes of the OAV on the Beez Website.
This months SFX has a nice cover mounted taster DVD with the following full episodes from MVM:
- Romeo X Juliet Episode1
- Fate Stay Night Episode 2
- Rozen Maiden Episode 1
The UK magazine dedicated to all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy can commonly be found in WH Smiths and your friendly news agents, plus the odd supermarket that stocks magazines too.
You want issue number 193 which is dated April 2010.
For a change, here's a little horror story that will make some anime fans cringe and check their collection, and others not even blink.
Read More... | Souce: Otaku NewsJoe
Currently all UK anime firms are revving up for the London MCM Expo on 24th-25th October 2009. Beez are no exception. Their stall will be in a different place than usual, they'll be teaming up with their corporate cousins Namco Bandai Partners.
They'll be holing a survey too, along with a give away as an incentive to fill it in. Plus they'll be selling some great titles on DVD too.
UK anime fans who love the adventures of an ace student out to build a new world, will be pleased to hear that the Death Note Complete Boxset is released on Monday 28th September 2009.
The 9 Disc DVD set retails for £60, however both Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have it on a pre-order offer for £43.
Souce: Otaku NewsJoe
Category > Anime
US based Anime company ADV have closed. A detailed write up can be found on Anime News Network.
Apart from the asset transfers to other companies registered in Texas (where ADV was based), the details are still coming to light.
Below we've included the press release from ADV along with the press release from Section23 Films.
We've finally put up our DVD review of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
Ponyo hits Cinemas in the US on Friday August 14th 2009
Ponyo hits Cinemas in Australia on Thursday 27th August 2009.
Ponyo is due for UK release on late 2009 / early 2010.
This review is of the Japanese Region 2 DVD. You can purchase it from Amazon.co.jp, CDJapan and all good Japanese DVD importers.
Souce: Otaku NewsPaulB
Category > Events
The Japanese Art Festival returns in July and will also be screening the UK premiere of the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves.Eeeper
Optimum Home Entertainment UK schedule Studio Ghibli's Ocean Waves for August 09.Joe
The good folks at Sony Pictures have sent us the details for the Blue-ray release of Final Fantansy VII: Advent Children Complete. Apart from being in a higher resolution, it's got some extra features not on the DVD.
It's due out on July 27th, this directors cut features 26 minutes of extra footage and over 1,000 update scenes.
The good folks at Beez have sent us details of their plans at the London MCM Expo on the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009. Highlights include plenty of discounted DVDs, as they'll be shifting to a 3 part release model. Along with some Gurren Lagann posters to give away.Joe
The good folks from LDMS, in partnership with ADV Films, have sent us the DVD release details for their January and February 2009.
They've got the following lined up:
Area 88: Complete Collection - 26th January 2009
Get Backers, Season 1: Complete Collection- 26th January 2009
Angelic Layer: Complete Collection - 9th February 2009
Aquarian Age: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009
Pretear: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009
The selection of boxsets offers great value for money.
The nice folks at Revelation Films have sent us details of their 2009 Q1 line up. For the first three months of 2009 promises to see the UK release of:
Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part One - January.
Spiral The Complete Series Box - February
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (the final instalment) - March
Tsubasa The Complete Series Box Set - March
What's interesting in the press release is that it actually states sales figures, something you rarely see for the anime industry. It'll be nice if all anime companies releases sales figures for their titles. However this is valuable information for sales and marketing teams, which is why most companies like to keep this these details secret.
The good people from Viz Picture have sent us details of the US DVD release of the live action feature film version of Death Note. Which is due to hit the shelves on September 16th 2008.Eeeper
European arm of Namco Bandai announces two titles for release in November 2008 on Blu-Ray formatJoe
Fans of killer stationary supplied by death gods should take a note that we've received the UK DVD release details for the first Death Note Live Action Movie. The DVD will be released on 28th July 2008. 4Digital Media will also be releasing the other two Death Note features, with Death Note The Last Name showing in cinemas from 4th July 2008, and L Change The World coming soon.Eeeper
Category > Current Affairs
Bandai Namco Holdings has announced the liquidation of the American division of their Bandai Visual releasing arm effective July 1st 2008.Joe
We've been sent a press release from the nice folks at Viz about the US DVD release of the live action NANA film, based on the popular shojo manga. The manga has a proved very popular with fans, and it's good to see the DVD of the movie hitting shelves on April 8th 2008.
Although we haven't seen this film yet, we must admit the casting for Nana Osaki is excellent.
While Viz seem to be releasing some great live action titles on DVD at the moment. We do wish they would release the live action Train Man TV series.
Classic anime fans in the UK who can get to their local HMV are in for a treat. HMV have an exclusive deal on the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set. It's in stock in their stores, and on the HMV website too. Fans should note that the official release date for this DVD is 23rd June 2008, but the highstreet shop seem to have made some sort exclusive deal with the distributors. As far as we're aware, no other retailer has the DVD yet.
We are certain that this is not an error on their website, as we have visited our local HMV and seen copies on shelves to buy.
Many current anime fans will remember the French Japanese co-production with great nostalgia, and have been screaming for a DVD release for years, every so often a rumour would crop up, but never actually amount to anything, years of waiting many fans just assumed that the series would never get released in the UK, but finally it has. ^_^
Amazon UK are currently running a sale on anime DVDs.
Play.com are also have an Anime DVD sale, with many titles cheaper than Amazon (as Play already factor in postage).
- Cowboy Bebop
- Millennium Actress
- Read or Die
With many titles going for under £5, it's worth looking around for a bargain or three.
Souce: Amazon UKJoe
We've received a press release from LDMS who will be now be distributing ADV DVD titles in the UK, after ADV closed their UK offices. The press release details the release schedule up until May 2008.
After ADV UK closing down it's good to see that their titles will be still be distributed, but it's sad to see that ADV UK had to shut shop, the UK staff there were more than just people doing their jobs, they were actual anime fans with a passion for what they were doing which does make a difference. ADV UK's presence at anime events will be sorely missed. They were more than just another company, they were actually part of the UK anime scene. It was a shame to see these people lose their jobs. We wish them the best of luck in finding a new careers.
It will be interesting to see if LDMS will be active in anime fan circles as ADV UK was.
The Otaku News Crew have teamed up with the good folks from Optimum Releasing to give you the chance to win a copy of the movie on DVD along with some great anime goodies.Azure
Category > Anime
Fabulous films have sent an e-mail confirming the impending release of the first of their Mysterious cities of gold box sets. The e-mail went on to link the HMV online shop which lists the release date as 24th March 2008. The HMV release will have some added extras not found elsewhere including postcards and a poster.
The RRP is £54.99 with HMV listing it at £37.99 along with the chance to win an MCOG cell if you pre-order. Hit read more for highlights of the suggestions Fabulous films received for extras
Category > Retail
The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their sale, due to "streamlining" they'll be having a stock clearout. Prices start from £1 while stocks last. So grab those titles while you can.Joe
We've received details from Optimum Releasing about their UK DVD release of Tales from Earthsea. The 2 disc edition is due for release on 28th January 2008. The DVDs feature the English dubbed and Japanese subtitled version of the film, with the second DVD containing all the bonus features, include a making of, an NTV special, a behind the microphone and a trailer reel. You can read our review of Tales from Earthsea here.Queen Of Swords
Category > Manga
News from the first annual New York Anime Festival this weekend: Manga sales in the U.S. are up, but sales of anime DVDs are down.Azure
Category > Anime
Animated classic Mysterious Cities of Gold will be released on DVD in the UK in February 2008 by Fabulous Films. Many of our readers will no doubt remember this series airing on TV as children on CBBC in the UK, ABC in Australia, Nickelodeon the US or even NHK in Japan.
Fans have been calling for an English DVD release for some time. Fabulous films previously released the first twelve episodes on Inu Yasha in the UK in one of of the ugliest box sets we've seen for years. Lets hope the MCOG set is nicer. Fabulous Films do have a form up on their splash page asking about features, so get suggesting. We said decent packaging and the good old CBBC MCOG sing-along.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJoe
UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece Paprika will be released on DVD on 24th September 2007, Tekkonkinkreet also hits the shelves too and we look forward to catching it.
To be honest, we can't recommend Paprika highly enough, it's the best English language anime release of 2007. This is one you must simply add to your collection, especially if you like Kon's other works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent), then you'll really get a kick out of Paprika, Kon's on top form here (as always), and uses animation in his usual mind bending ways.
Category > Anime
The English cast for Death Note has been selected... with 12 episodes already in the bag.Joe
Fans of Afro Samurai in the UK will be pleased to hear that on 15th October 2007 the directors cut DVD of the show will be available in the UK. It includes 15 minutes of extra footage, unedited dialogue, features with the voice actors of title too and much more.
Fans who have already bought the limited edition version of Afro Samurai we mentioned earlier may be disappointed to hear that they're releasing an uncut version so soon, as it's always bad to feel as if you're being milked by a company, on the other hand, at least the limited edition version was affordable.
I just got an e-mail from Amazon UK telling me that they are having a studio Ghibli DVD sale. After looking closer I've dug up a plethora of other anime DVDs on sale, because we're nice people we've listed a few titles you might have missed on sale.
Why Amazon leave all the hard work to us I don't know, aren't you glad we're here?
Category > Retail
The good folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details about the HMV Anime sale day next week on Monday 20th August 2007, from 1pm until 6pm at the Oxford Street branch in London. ADV Films UK also mention there competition where two lucky anime fans can win lots of anime DVDs for the rest of the year. There will also be spot prizes and give-always throughout the day.
Along with live performances from Japanese bands Electric Eel Shook and Miso Soup. The British Kendo Association will be there too. Fun can also be had at the video game tournaments, with Atari, Sega and Ubisoft also showing off some new games.
Our UK readers who caught Afro Samurai on Bravo, or perhaps even didn't catch it, but want to see it anyway, have a chance to get the Samuel L. Jackson anime title on DVD, known as the Afro Samurai Bravo Numbered Limited Edition DVD, it is an exclusive to Amazon.co.uk. The 18 rated DVD contains the following:
- Individually Numbered DVD Case
- Babes, Blades, Blood and Beauty trailers by GONZO
- RZA Soundtrack Promo
- RZA Music Production
- Spike US TV Promos
- Five Collectible Art Cards
The details don't say how many are being produced, only that they are individually numbered.
Category > Anime
It probably wasn't that much of a suprise but Manga Entertainment announced that they have the rights to the first 52 episodes of Bleach. Lets hope this time they proof their subtitles a little better than they did Naruto.
Souce: Eye on AnimeJoe
Category > Events
Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.
We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.
Category > Anime
Viz media have acquired the rights to the Blue Dragon anime which is based on the game of the same name. Viz have semmingly acted fast since it only started airing in Japan on April 7 ,though we suspect that from the very begining the creators had an international market was in mind.
The series is animated by studio Pierrot who also also animate Naruto.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJoe
We've received some details about the UK launch of Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2, from Manga Entertainment UK. On Monday 21st May 2007, fans should go to either the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London, or Virgin Megastore in Arndale Centre in Manchester. Apparently there'll be tons of freebies and goodies for the first 100 people to arrive in costume! So get those costumes ready cosplayers! They'll also have a nice selection of goodies, give aways and prizes too. So get to the simultaneous launch from 6pm!
More details can also be found on the Official Naruto Unleashed UK Website.