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Welcome to our News archive for January 2008 - to see this month's news please click on the button below.
 


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22nd January 2008

ADV Halt Selected DVD Distribution

Following yesterday's unexpected clearance sale, it seems that some of the odd rumours we had heard actually had some truth to them. Today we have received an ADV Films press release stating that their forthcoming titles are on hold whilst they move their operations from a 'US run office outsourcing to retail partners, to a partnership with a yet-to-be-named local home entertainment group'.  The series on hold are:

Pumpkin Scissors
The Wallflower
Ah! My Goddess Series 2: Flights of Fancy
009-1
Red Garden
Innocent Venus
Kurau Phantom Memory
Utawarerumono
Paniponi Dash
Guyver: The Bio-boosted Armor
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Coyote Ragtime Show
Jinki: Extend

What this means for ADV Films in the UK, apart from the suspension of releases, is unclear.  It does however, sound like ADV Films are planning to distribute their titles in the UK through another company rather than handle everything through their own UK operation.  Considering we received the press release from Anime-on-Line, the retail arm of fellow UK anime distributor MVM, it seems a possibility that they may be the company ADV could collaborate with.  However, it could also be that the press release was sent to all retailers and they just decided to make it public.

Until we hear official word from ADV we're unsure of how this will affect them in the coming year, but we hope that they and their staff will be around for a long time to come.

Source: Anime-On-Line
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21st January 2008

ADV Sale!

We've just received a press release from ADV Films informing us that they are launching a massive sale!  The sale will run for one week only, and with major titles like Gilgamesh, Excel Saga and Last Exile at as little as 2 per volume, we're expecting things to sell out fast.

Apparently the sale is due to corporate streamlining and a warehouse move, which is leading to a need to clear out stock.  Make of that what you will.  The sale is taking place on the official online shop, but it appears to be down at the time of writing - presumably as they're updating it.  Check out www.advfilms.co.uk to have a look at the sale, and check out the full press release here.

Source: ADV Films
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20th January 2008

Updates!

Some recent updates for your reading pleasure, including a brand new section!  Yep, we've added a new fun bit where we'll be showing those anime characters who look like the great and the good.  And the Krankies.

Lookalikes Section

We've also got a load of new reviews:

Alcon 2008 Preview (Feature)
Witchblade vol 1 (DVD Review)
Ergo Proxy vol 1 (DVD Review)
Trinity Blood vol 4 (DVD Review)
Evangelion Doritos (Merchandise Review)

We've also added a load of new events to our 2008 Events Diary, and it's worth noting that the Tokonatsu convention will now be taking place at the end of September rather than the start of October.

Source: Various
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20th January 2008

Out Tomorrow

Another quiet release day, which is to be expected from the traditionally quiet month of January.  Still, ADV continue three of their series from 2007, and Revelation continue two and launch the first new title of 2008 - School Rumble.  Meanwhile Firefly reissue two of their Hello Kitty adventures as a budget double pack.

Hello Kitty Double - A Puzzling Day/Once Upon A Kitty (Firefly)
Paniponi Dash vol 4 - Iron Teacher (ADV)
School Rumble vol 1 (Revelation)
School Rumble Starter Set (Revelation)
Shadow Skill vol 5 - Timors Mors Mortis (ADV)
Tsubasa vol 3 - Spectres of Legend (Revelation)
Utawarerumono vol 4 - The Price of Freedom (ADV)

Source: Various
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20th January 2008

Yugo to Area 88 from Earthsea

The Barbican cinema is continuing its occasional 'Japanimation' Season in 2008 with an anime showing in January, February and March.  First up at 8.30pm on the 29th of Jan is a screening of Tales from Earthsea, then at 8.30pm on 26th Feb is a feature length edit of the first three episodes of Yugo the Negotiator, and finally at 8.30pm on 25th March is a feature length edit of the first three episodes of Area 88.  Tickets cost a wallet busting 8.50 each (7 concessions), but that price also includes a live introduction by Anime Encyclopaedia co-author Helen McCarthy, which more than justifies it!

Source: Barbican
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16th January 2008

Fab-Beez!

After a troubled end to 2007 which saw numerous delays to releases and a lack of new licenses, France-based distributor Beez Entertainment have announced a major new license for 2008!  Amongst a host of release announcements, including dates for the final volumes of Eureka 7, Gundam Seed Destiny and .hack://ROOTS, Beez have confirmed that they have licensed the superb Gunbuster 2 Gunbuster 2 is (unsurprisingly) the follow-up to Gunbuster, one of the most acclaimed and influential anime of all time, and one that also launched the directorial career of Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno.  Due for release on 24th March, the whole six-episode series will be included in one 2-disc set with extras including interviews with the Japanese cast and creators, plus the usual trailers.  Best of all the set will cost 24.99, which will actually make it cheaper than importing the two volume US release.

Also announced were similarly priced complete series box sets for Crest of the Stars and Stratos 4, as well as a complete set for Scryed (49.99) and two premium Mobile Suit Gundam Seed box sets.  The Gundam box sets look to follow Beez's usual tactic of releasing longer series as two half-series sets, so we expect each one to contain five volumes of the 10 volume series.  The price of each of the Gundam sets is to be a wallet-crushing 69.99, but Beez rep Andrew Partridge has explained that each set will contain several limited edition items which is why the price is higher than normal.  More news on all of these releases as and when we get it.

Source: Beez, AnimeonDVD
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16th January 2008

Spirited Away on BBC Four

Anime UK News have reported that Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning fantasy Spirited Away is to be shown on digital channel BBC Four on 26th January at 8pm.  No further details are forthcoming on the BBC website, but we agree with Anime UK News that the film will most likely be shown in Japanese with English subtitles considering it's a part of the channel's World Cinema season.

Source: Anime UK News
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9th January 2008

Tokyopop Job Opportunity

Many readers will no doubt have attended the Tokyopop Recon events at bookshops around the UK last year, and no doubt had a good time.  We have however learned that Tokyopop's Recon host Lizzie has sadly been unable to continue in her role due to illness.  Because of this Tokyopop are looking for someone to take over the hosting and running of the Recon events.  It's a full-time position that consists of hosting events in locations around the UK to audiences of up to 400 people, as well as attending all of the UK conventions as part of the Tokyopop team.  The role also includes providing support to Tokyopop's UK marketing manager Andrew Whelan, and the large amount of travelling involved will mean spending around 2-3 nights a week away from home.  If you think you've got what it takes, and have a full driving license, check out the job paging on the Tokyopop site here.  Remember to click on the link on the page to see the job advert.

Good luck to anyone who decides to apply, and we at Animetion wish Lizzie a speedy recovery.

Source: Tokyopop
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9th January 2008

Out Monday

It may be a new year, but there's no new anime titles on offer.  Both MVM and ADV Films bring us the latest parts of several continuing series, with MVM also launching the final instalments of Saiyuki Reload and Gun X SwordSony unleash the intriguing Tekkonkinkreet on Blu-Ray, and Satoshi Kon's latest mind-bender Paprika should have also received the hi-def treatment.  Here's the list in full:

Berserk vol 3 - White Hawk (MVM)
Elemental Gelade vol 5 (MVM)
Gun X Sword vol 6 - Lost Prayers (MVM)
Innocent Venus vol 3 - The End of the New Beginning (ADV)
Kurau Phantom Memory vol 3 - The Binary Complex (ADV)
Le Chevalier D'Eon vol 5 - Volte Face (ADV)
Paprika Blu-Ray (Sony)
Saiyuki Reload vol 7 (MVM)
Tekkonkinkreet Blu-Ray (Sony)
Trinity Blood vol 4 (MVM)

Source: Various
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1st January 2008

Haruhi in the UK!

The latest issue of Neo is due out this Thursday, but subscribers (like us) got their copy early!  There are a couple of bits of news in its hallowed pages that will interest a lot of people, firstly MVM have confirmed they have licensed FLCL, the surreal six episode series from Evangelion creators Gainax.  We've been hoping for a DVD release for this series for absolutely ages, and MVM had previously admitted that they had turned down the chance to license it.  However, the most intriguing thing is a full page advert for the Japanese smash hit anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, stating that it will be coming to the UK from April 2008.  The advert makes no reference to who would be releasing it, and doesn't even mention the series by name, but features the main character bursting through the page.  Similar teaser adverts were used in America prior to the series' release there, and considering Bandai released it there, Beez (Bandai's European subsidiary) are favourites to have the UK license, with MVM an outside bet.  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a very unique series that focuses on the titular schoolgirl Haruhi Suzumiya, who wants something to interest her so sets up her own after-school club.  She doesn't have any interest in normal people and instead wants to meet aliens, time travellers and those with psychic powers, but unbeknownst to her she has a power of her own.  The series is hard to categorise, but it has been hugely popular with fans around the world and whichever company picks it up will have a sure-fire hit on their hands.  More news as we get it.

Source: Neo Magazine
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1st January 2008

Happy New Year!

It's 2008!  Thanks very much for your support during 2007 and we hope you all have a great year!

Source: Animetion
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30th December 2007

New Stuff!

A few new things have been added to the site over the Christmas period!  First up is a brand new competition, giving you the chance to win the first volume of School Rumble courtesy of Revelation Films!  Also online are a couple of new reviews and a review of 2007 and preview of 2008 for Manga Entertainment, click the links below to check them out.

School Rumble Competition (Ends 18th January 2008)
From '07 to '08 - Manga Entertainment (Feature)
Trinity Blood vol 3 (DVD Review)
Disgaea Pintre Collection Pin Badges (Merchandise Review)

Source: Animetion
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