ILC Prime may have picked up a fair few older titles for UK release but amongst them are a couple of classics - none more so than the popular Project A-KO. This parody laden sci-fi actioner heads the bill of non-hentai titles on ILC's new Animazing label, and is likely to have a budget price like most of their releases.
Also worth keeping an eye open for is the Dominion Tank Police, the 1980's anime take on Masamune Shirow's classic manga sci-fi of the same name, and two sci-fi films - The Humanoid and MD Geist - will also see releases in 2005.
The biggest talking point of their schedule however, is no
doubt La Blue Girl Returns. The first UK hentai release since the
Darkness Trilogy, La Blue Girl Returns is the sequel to a title
famously banned by the BBFC back in the 1990's, and many are interested
to see if it will escape the same fate in today's less censorious climate.
ILC Prime may come under some criticism for a release
list that harks back to Manga Entertainment's early days of sex and
violence filled sci-fi, but there is obviously a market for it as the strong
sales of the Darkness Trilogy hentai boxset attest. The
Animazing brand seems to be picking up older titles, many of which are being
overlooked by other companies, but this can be a double edged sword - some
titles are ignored by the competition for good reason. However, ILC's
strategy seems to be a good one - sci-fi and porn sell, and with a budget RRP of
£12.99 per volume it is likely that they will sell enough to sustain their brand
and license more. Animazing promises to be what Manga
Entertainment's much maligned Manga Collection should have been, but
it will be important for them to ensure that classic titles are not buried
amongst the chaff, and that they license hentai that doesn't focus too heavily
on sexual violence.
New Titles Confirmed For Release in 2005
Dominion Tank Police (17th January)
La Blue Girl Returns (TBC)
MD Geist (TBC)
Project A-KO (TBC)
The Humanoid (TBC)
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