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Welcome to our News archive for December 2005 - to see this month's news please click on the button below.
 


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31st December 2005

Beez 2006 Licenses

Beez have confirmed several new licenses for 2006, with the highlights being the cute robot show parody Panda Z and the Gundam Seed Destiny, the sequel to the stunning Gundam Seed.  First up for release though appears to be Crest of the Stars, as the sci-fi series has already been submitted to, and passed by, the British Board of Film Classification.  Here's the list in full:

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Crest of the Stars
Eureka Seven
Fantastic Children
Gundam Seed Destiny
Mai Hime
Panda Z
Spirit of Wonder
Yukikaze

We'll add the release dates to our release schedule as soon as we have them.

Source:  Beez, Animeondvd
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28th December 2005

2nd Site Launch and Pre-order Offer

Manga have launched their official Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG website to tie in with the January release of the first volume, check it out at www.standalonecomplex.co.uk.  Also, Virgin are giving free Ghost in the Shell playing cards to all those who pre-order vol 1 of 2nd GIG with them, pop down your local Virgin Megastore and take advantage of the offer!

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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28th December 2005

The Sales Start Here!

Christmas is over and the Sales have started!  There are plenty of anime bargains to be had out there, here are just a couple of the larger or more unusual sales we have spotted:

www.play.com - The usual massive sale, with the price of many DVDs dropping to under £10.  Are also selling the special edition of Tokyo Godfathers with a massive discount - check it out!

MVC - Some stores appear to be closing permanently, and are selling off anime and World Cinema DVDs with a 20% discount to their already lowered prices.  Check your local shop to see if they are affected.

Game - The high street computer game retailer has slashed the price of several anime games to under a tenner, including Hello Kitty Roller Rescue, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex and numerous Yu-Gi-Oh! titles.  They are also selling Akira on UMD video for just £7.98 - check out their site: www.game.net.

Source:  Various
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28th December 2005

Optimum's Ghibli Collection Website Up and Running

Optimum Asia have launched a website dedicated to their Ghibli Collection line, which can be found at this address:  www.studioghiblidvd.co.uk.  The site has information on Studio Ghibli and on Optimum as well as release schedules, images and links to Optimum's online store.

Source:  Nausicaa.net
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28th December 2005

Ghibli Confirm Next Miyazaki Film

As previously reported Studio Ghibli have now confirmed that their next film will be based on Ursula Le Guin's epic Earthsea series.  The film, which is likely to be called Tales from Earthsea, is reported to be focused mainly on the events of the third Earthsea book - The Farthest Shore.  However, the biggest surprise is that although it will be a Miyazaki film, it will not be helmed by Hayao Miyazaki, but by his son Goro.  The film will be Goro Miyazaki's first foray into anime, although reports from Japan suggest that his father is actually opposed to the move.  More news when we hear it.

Source:  Nausicaa.net
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14th December 2005

Manga Entertainment VHS Sale

With the digital age well and truly upon us, Manga Entertainment have decided to do a final clearout of their VHS back catalogue.  By clicking on the VHS tab on www.manga.co.uk you can browse through their remaining catalogue, and if anything catches your fancy then you can pick it up for as little as £1.49!  On top of this every VHS purchase enters you into a prize draw to win a Manga goodie bag, which is packed with anime goodness, with a few runners up receiving some quality retro action in the form of Casshan and Robotech: The Macross Saga vol 1 DVDs!

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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14th December 2005

FilmFour Anime Season

High-brow subscription-only digital film channel FilmFour has linked up with Optimum Asia to provide a season of classic Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata films in January.  Boasting several UK TV premieres, the season kicks off with Princess Mononoke at 6pm on New Year's Day, following up with a second showing on 4th January at 6pm, Little Norse Prince on 7th January at 6pm and Castle of Cagliostro at 6pm on 8th January.  Also due to be shown in January (but as yet not scheduled) are Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Porco Rosso.  We hope that some of these films will find their way on to terrestrial telly, but it's great to see quality anime getting the kind of exposure it deserves.

Source:  FilmFour
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14th December 2005

ADV Manga Poll

ADV Films are currently running a survey on their site to see how many manga novels UK fans buy each month, which hints that they may be considering releasing manga in the UK.  ADV have been using polls and surveys this year to gauge public interest in potential licensing targets and previous polls have played a major part in ADV's decisions to license series such as samurai drama Peacemaker.  With some great titles under the US ADV Manga brand - including the excellent Azumanga Daioh - we urge you to take an honest part in the poll which can be found at www.advfilms.co.uk!

Source:  ADV Films
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4th December 2005

Gollancz New Licences!

Following on from the forthcoming releases of Maison Ikkoku and Rurouni Kenshin announced a few months back, it now appears that Gollancz have a few more new releases up their sleeves for next year.  First up on February 6th is volume 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, a follow up series to Kazuki Takahashi's ever popular manga, whilst March 6th will bring us the first volumes of One Piece and Flame of ReccaFlame of Recca, by Nobuyuki Anzai, revolves around a schoolboy ninja who has sworn to protect a classmate whereas Eiichiro Oda's One Piece is a fun-packed action series about a pirate who can stretch like rubber.  Both titles are impressive additions to Gollancz's catalogue, and to help you sort out what to buy we've put together a release schedule of Gollancz titles - click here to view!

Source:  Play.Com, Amazon.co.uk, Orion Books
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4th December 2005

Recognition at Last?

Anime pundit Jonathan Clements' UK Roundup column in the latest issue of Newtype USA magazine certainly makes for some interesting reading this month.  In it he mentions unconfirmed rumours that not only could there be a major anime season coming from London's respected Barbican Centre, but that it could also be supported by a full-length documentary from prestigious arts program The South Bank Show!  Although it is still unknown if this will happen, the boost such events would give to the perception of anime in the UK could potentially be huge, so here's hoping!!

Source:  Newtype USA
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4th December 2005

News Reoundup

Well, we missed a month out so here's the interesting tidbits that have popped up in the last month or so...

  • Wolf's Rain and Full Metal Alchemist have now both started airing on Sky Digital channel Rapture TV (Channel 288) - check out FMA at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights and Wolf's Rain at 8.30pm on Thursdays.  Both shows are repeated on Sunday from 8pm till 9pm.  (Source:  Rapture TV)
     

  • MVM have released a pair of unbelievable value anime boxsets through budget distributor Boulevard Entertainment.  The boxsets retail at £14.99 each and contain no less than ten anime titles, with the first volumes of premium titles such as Paranoia Agent, Trigun, Haibane Renmei and Chobits!  The sets can be bought through budget bookshop chains such as The Works - click here for Boxset 1 and here for Boxset 2.  You would be a fool not to get these.  (Source:  AnimeonDVD, MVM)
     

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence will get a rental DVD release alongside its retail release on 27th February 2006.  (Source:  Manga Entertainment)
     

  • Happy Birthday to Neo!  The UK's only anime magazine has reached its first anniversary and goes from strength to strength, if you haven't been buying it then we very much suggest that you start!  (Source:  Neo)
     

  • Ever wondered what those instant noodle bowls you often see anime characters slurping their way through taste like?  Well now you can find out as UK based Japanese toy distributor Tokyo Toys has branched out into instant meals!  Click here to see the available selection.  (Source:  Tokyo Toys)
     

  • Tonnes of new stuff has been added to our ever expanding Release Schedule!  Check it out and keep an eye on the date at the top of the page as we'll be regularly updating it!  (Source:  Animetion)
     

  • Rumours abound that Hayao Miyazaki's next film may be an adaptation of the classic Ursula Le Guin fantasy epic A Wizard of Earthsea.  (Source:  Nausicaa.net)
     

  • Japanese developer Nippon Ichi have announced that the popular PlayStation 2 game Disgaea is due for an anime adaptation in the near future. (Source:  Newtype USA)
     

  • US fans rejoiced as Naruto avoided the crippling editing that many had expected for its TV run.  Fears had been high after the treatment of One Piece, which suffered from shoddily inconsistent digital editing, a poor dub and the removal of entire episodes, but Naruto not only kept most of the content fans thought would be edited but had an excellent dub and even retained the Japanese names for the characters' special moves.  (Source:  Anime Insider)

Source:  Newtype USA
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