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Manga Entertainment UK Summer 2018 DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 May 18 21:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good people from Manga Entertainment UK have just announced their Summer 2018 release slate. There's pretty much something for everyone. If you're into shonen, they've got more Naruto, Dragon Ball Super and One Piece. They've got some moe fun in the form of Kinmoza where British Girl Alice lives with her best friend Shino in Japan. For fans of otaku comedy anime they've got not one, but two Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions movies. Thrown in for fun is the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable a movie from the very productive Takashi Miike.

Plus lots more:

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

BBC Wiltshire Covers Fosse Farmhouse The UK Location Used for anime Kinmoza

Date: 2018 May 17 20:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

BBC Wiltshire isn't the first place you'd think of going to for anime coverage, but now and again it does pay off to check regional news. They've just published a video of a visit to Fosse Farmhouse, the B&B used as the location for anime Kinmoza.

We've covered details of Fosse Farmhouse winning Best B&B Story of the Year for it's Anime Connection and the original story of the location being used for Kinmoza.

Souce: BBC Wiltshire Facebook Page

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms UK Trailer

Date: 2018 May 16 20:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us a reminder about their soon to be released film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. It's due to hit the cinemas nationwide across the UK on Wednesday 27th June 2018. Anime Limited have sent us a look at the new poster and also a UK trailer.

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Animerama: A Thousand and One Nights / Cleopatra UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2018 May 12 20:15 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK fans of Osamu Tezuka's less mainstream work will be interested to hear about Third Window Film's upcoming release of Animerama: A Thousand and One Nights / Cleopatra. This forms the world's first blu-ray and remastered release of Tezuka's more erotic movies from the late 60's and early 70's. The double disc set is due out on Monday 18th June 2018 and is rated BBFC 15.

The extras bundled with the film make it even more temping including Audio commentaries for both films by Helen McCarthy (anime expert and author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga), plus a new hour long interview with director Eiichi Yamamoto.

You can pre-order the collectors edition on blu-ray and DVD from

Read More... | Souce: Third Window Films

Night is Short, Walk on Girl UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 May 10 20:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK Anime distributors Anime Limited have just revealed the release date for Night is Short, Walk on Girl. The movie is directed by Masaaki Yuasa who also directed The Tatami Galaxy, Lu Over the Wall and Devilman Crybaby.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is based on the story written by Tomihiko Morimi, who also wrote The Eccentric Family, The Tatami Galaxy and Penguin Highway.

The story revolves around a night out drinking and the crazy adventures that it entails.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is due out in the UK on Monday 25th June 2018 on DVD, Blu-ray and Collectiors Edition Blu-ray set.

We interviewed Masaaki Yuasa when the movie hit UK cinema screens and also ask him about his other latest release Lu Over the Wall.

Souce: Anime Limited

Full Metal Panic! Creator Anime Guest of Honour at MCM London Comic Con May 2018

Date: 2018 May 05 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Events

It's May! Which means it's almost time for the MCM London Comic Con. The huge UK geek event is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018 at the Excel Centre in London.

As always they've got lots of interesting guests. For anime fans they'll have Full Metal Panic! creator Shouji Gatou. As well as creating the original light novels that became the fan favourite anime show Gatou is an anime screen writer having just scripted Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, his screen writing credits include Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Amagi Brilliant Park.

He'll be at the comic con to sign autographs along with taking part in Q&A sessions following screenings of the first episode of Invisible Victory.

Read More... | Souce: MCM London Comic Con

My Hero Academia Season 2, Part 2 UK Release Details

Date: 2018 May 05 12:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans looking to own My Hero Academia Season 2, Part 2 on DVD or Blu-ray will be pleased to hear that Funimation Entertainment have announced that it'll hit the UK on Monday 11th June 2018.

Extras on the Blu-ray include:
- San Diego Comic-Con: IGN Interview
- Inside the Episodes
- Textless opening & closing songs

Don't forget you can always watch My Hero Academia on Crunchyroll for free (with ads) or pay a subscription to watch new episodes first (and remove ads).

Read More... | Souce: Funimation Entertainment

Fosse Farmhouse wins Best B&B Story of the Year for it's Anime Connection

Date: 2018 May 01 21:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime is always a way of escaping reality, but it's always fun discovering when anime meets reality. We revealed Fosse Farmhouse was used as the real world location for anime Kinmoza. The Cotswold Bed and Breakfast featured as main character Alice's house.

The story behind Fosse Farm was found to be so interesting by the Bed and Breakfast industry it was awarded AA B&B Story of the Year 2018-19 as part of the Bed and Breakfast Awards.

The panel were impressed by B&B owner Caron's cross cultural adventures promoting British Culture in Japan.

Of course you can buy Kinmoza! Season 1 on Blu-ray from in the UK or for the US.

Season Two - titled Hello! Kinmoza! is available to pre-order from in the UK or buy now from in the US.

You can also get the original manga from or

Don't forget to read our feature about Fosse Farm and Kinmoza.

Read More... | Souce: AA B&B Awards

Mary and the Witch's Flower UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2018 April 30 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Anime fans in the UK looking for something to watch on the cinema on Friday 4th May 2018 (yes, Star Wars day), will want to head to a cinema near them to catch a screening of Mary and the Witch's Flower. Produced by Studio Ponoc, founded by Studio Ghibli veterans Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura the film is clearly made in the Ghibli mould. The film is adapted from The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.

As always we've highlighted this on The Otaku Calendar, so you can keep up to date with screenings and release dates. It even shows in your Google / iOS Calendars if you like too via iCal Feed.

Read More... | Souce: Mary and the Witch's Flower Film Website

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Volume 1

Date: 2018 April 29 12:39 | Posted By:

A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but living in the mountains is lonely, and they've managed to find each other. Join them in their strangely sweet domestic bliss as they spend their days sharing tea and throwing picnics, proving that love (and delicious food) can bring together even the most unlikely of friends.


Anime Limited acquires Penguin Highway movie

Date: 2018 April 27 20:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK Anime distributor Anime Limited always pick up interesting titles. This time around they've just announced they've acquired the rights for Penguin Highway. Based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi who has a habit of writing quirky and wonderful stories that get adapted into anime such as The Eccentric Family, Night is Short, Walk on Girl, The Tatami Galaxy. The film is directed by upcoming director Hiroyasu Ishida.

As always it's early days yet, but Anime Limited will release the film in 2019.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Japan Matsuri 2018 - London Event Details

Date: 2018 April 19 19:53 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Japanese Culture in London looking for something to do at the end of September will be very excited to hear about the Japan Matsuri 2018. The regular festival held at Trafalgar Square brings Japanese Culture in the form of performances, stalls, street food and other entertainment to anyone who get to Central London on Sunday 30th September 2018. The event lasts from 10am to 8pm and is free to attend.

Of course September is a while away, so you might not remember, which is why we've added it to the Otaku Calendar which forms an easy to to keep track of all your otaku events.

Souce: Japan Matsuri

Mirai - the first Japanese animation to receive a world premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Date: 2018 April 18 20:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Distributors Anime Limited have sent us details about Mamoru Hosoda's latest film Mirai which will receive it's World Premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May as part of Directors' Fortnight. Significantly this is the first Japanese animation to ever to receive a world premiere on the Croisette.

The film will receive a UK cinema release later in 2018 via Anime Limited and their cinema partners National Amusements.

We've covered Anime Limited's acquisition of Mirai before.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Japan House will be opening on Kensington High Street in 2018

Date: 2018 April 14 13:34 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

Readers heading to London will be interested to hear about Japan House. The new venue is set to open on Kensington High Street in 2018. It forms the London hub of an international project to spread the word about how awesome Japan is.

"JAPAN HOUSE is a project which aims to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community, by creating a number of hubs from which to showcase and communicate Japan as a country of countless charms, able to enrich the rest of the world."

"Each hub features an exhibition space, a multi-purpose space with theater facilities, a retail space, food and drink, books, online connectivity, and a cafe space".

To find out more visit their website and sign up to their mailing list, follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find out more.

Read More... | Souce: Japan House

Anime Ltd Acquires Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory rights for Streaming and Home Video in the UK and Ireland

Date: 2018 April 13 19:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks at Anime Limited have just revealed that they have the rights to Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory for the UK and Ireland. It's not secret that the company are all massive fans of the mecha show having already released the first three seasons (Full Metal Panic, Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu? and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid).

Anime Limited have the streaming and home video rights so will release in the future (they hint it'll be 2019 as it's still early days yet).

The show is out now on streaming service Crunchyroll.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Pokémon Movie Collection: Diamond & Pearl UK DVD Release Details

Date: 2018 April 10 20:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us the release details for the Pokémon Movie Collection: Diamond & Pearl. It's due out on Monday 21st May 2018, as always you can pre-order the DVD set from

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

United Publications Spring Clearance Sale 2018

Date: 2018 April 09 18:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime and manga retailer United Publications have sent us details of their spring clearance sale for 2018.

Managing Director Martin Dudman tells us - "Chance to try new series or help fill gaps in your collection.
Spring Clearance Books, DVD & Figures, limited quantity first come first served.
All orders will be posted ASAP and can not be held waiting on other items"

United Publications are a retailer you may have met before on the UK convention scene, as they regularly have stalls at London Comic Con and fan run conventions around the country.

Souce: United Publications

My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 1

Date: 2018 April 09 16:20 | Posted By:

Class 1-A made a name for themselves after facing The League of Villains, but an even greater challenge is about to begin. These young heroes will now fight students from other classes in the world's biggest Quirk competition, the U.A. sports festival. With dreams at stake and friends turning to adversaries, Deku will give everything he's got in his grand debut as the world's next symbol of peace.


Studio Ghibli co-founder and animation director Isao Takahata passes away in Tokyo

Date: 2018 April 07 11:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Isao Takahata, the co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, has passed away in Tokyo at the age of 82. The animation director who worked alongside fellow director and studio founder Hayao Miyazaki was an integral part of the studio as well as being one of the major directors throughout its history. Among his many personal accomplishments were the animated films My Neighbours the Yamadas, Pom Poko, Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday and the Oscar-nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Ghibli Movies to Air on Film4 in the UK this Easter 2018

Date: 2018 March 29 19:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK based Studio Ghibli fans can catch 4 Miyazaki classics over Easter 2018. Film4 will be showing:

My Neighbour Totoro - Monday 2nd April (1.05pm) & 8th Sunday April (11am)
Kiki's Delivery Service - Tuesday 3rd April (12.50pm) Monday 9th April (11am)
Howl's Moving Castle - Wednesday 11th April (12.40pm)
Spirited Away - Thursday 12th April (12.35pm)

All screenings on the free to air channel will be dubbed in English, with a screenings of Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away shown on later slots on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April in Japanese with English subtitles.

Film4 have a lovely habit so showing Ghibli Films during school holidays and such screenings of these amazing movies often get many people into anime. We suggest you catch these delightful films.

If you fancy watching some Ghibli on the big screen in London this year, the BFI will be screening some classic Ghibli titles this May.

Souce: Film4

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