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Welcome to our News archive for July 2007 - to see this month's news please click on the button below.
 


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30th July 2007

Tales from Earthsea Website & Trailer

Studio Ghibli's latest film Tales from Earthsea hits the cinema this Friday (3rd August) in both dubbed and subtitled form, but for those who can't wait check out the official Tales from Earthsea website to see the trailer!  Also check out our mini-guide and don't forget to refer to our list of cinemas that will be showing the film

Source: Optimum
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30th July 2007

New Competition!

It's been a long time since we've done a competition, so it's about time we had one!  Check out our Ergo Proxy competition for the chance to win volume 1 of this great new series!

Source: Animetion; MVM
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27th July 2007

Tales From Earthsea Cinema Listings!

It's always a great thing when an anime film gets a cinema release, and it's even better when it's a Studio Ghibli film!  Optimum are giving the studio's latest offering Tales from Earthsea a limited cinema run in August, and have provided us with a list of cinemas showing it.  There will be more added, but to see if your local cinema is on there at the moment check out the following list:

Tales from Earthsea Cinema List

Source: Optimum
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27th July 2007

Ergo Proxy Clips!

MVM have released clips of the hotly anticipated Ergo Proxy, which hits shelves on the 6th August!  The techno-gothic series is certain to turn heads on it's release, check out the clips to see why:

Clip 1
Clip 2
Clip 3

Source: MVM
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23rd July 2007

Manga Confirm Bleach License!

Manga Entertainment have informed us that they have acquired the UK rights for Bleach, the mega-popular anime series that has caused a massive stir in the US.  The series follows a boy who is given the power to fight against malevolent ghosts and is seen by many fans as the next big thing now that Naruto has been released.  No official press release is available at the moment but we'll provide more details as they become available!

Source: Manga Entertainment
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17th July 2007

New ADV Press Releases!

ADV Films have sent us through a few new press releases for their DVDs out on 6th August.  Check out our release schedule for all the latest release dates, and click the links below to read about the following:

A Tree of Palme
Coyote Ragtime Show vol 3
Elfen Lied Complete Collection
Guyver: The Bioboosted Armour vol 2

Source: ADV Films
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17th July 2007

Free Anime with DVD Monthly

The August issue of DVD review magazine DVD Monthly is out, and that means more free anime!  This time it's a double whammy, with an episode of Transformers Takara and Gungrave on the mag's covermounted DVD.  Head down o your local newsagent or WH Smiths and check it out!

Source: WH Smiths
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7th July 2007

Tales of Earthsea UK Release Date Confirmed!

Tales From Earthsea, the latest Studio Ghibli film and debut film for Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro, was confirmed for UK release at the turn of the year, but only now has a release date been announced!  Distributor Optimum Asia have listed the film as receiving a UK theatrical release on 3rd August, no DVD release date has been announced at present, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it before the year's out.  Interestingly we're getting the film before America does due to licensing issues preventing a US release at the moment!  More news on the cinema run as and when we get it.

Source: Optimum Asia
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7th July 2007

Anime at The British Museum

The British Museum in London is to screen several anime films alongside showcases of Japanese arts and crafts over the next few months.  The Museum, which is located just a couple of minutes walk away from Tottenham Court Road tube station, is showing eight films during its three month Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan exhibition.  The programme is interesting to say the least, it includes what we believe to be the first UK screening of the first Naruto movie and a very rare screening of Osamu Tezuka's unfinished sci-fi masterpiece Phoenix 2772: Space Firebird.  Many of the films are free to see, although pre-booking is required, and the ones that aren't are dirt cheap - just £3 (£2 concessions).  All of those shown in September are in Japanese with English subtitles and have introductions by anime expert Paul Gravett.  Here's the film schedule:

Saturday 28th July
2.30pm - Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (English dub, free)

Saturday 4th August
2.30pm - Porco Rosso (English dub, free)

Saturday 11th August
2.30pm - Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (English dub, free)

Friday 7th September
6.30pm - Phoenix 2772: Space Firebird (subtitled, £3 (£2 conc.) intro by Paul Gravett)

Thursday 13th September
6.30pm - Barefoot Gen (subtitled, £3 (£2 conc.) intro by Paul Gravett)

Friday 14th September
6.30pm - Akira (subtitled, £3 (£2 conc.) intro by Paul Gravett)

Friday 28th September
6.30pm - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (subtitled, free, intro by Paul Gravett).  Manga Entertainment are running a cosplay competition at this screening and invite fans to come dressed as anime and manga characters to win prizes!

Saturday 29th September
4.30pm - Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (subtitled, £3 (£2 conc.) intro by Paul Gravett)

To book places and for more information on the above screenings, as well as information about the other events in the superb Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan exhibition, click here!

Source: Nausicaa.Net, British Museum
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7th July 2007

Anime at The Cambridge Film Festival

Several anime films are being shown as part of the Cambridge Film Festival this week, including the UK premiere of Goro Miyazaki's (that's Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki's son!) debut film Tales From Earthsea!  Here's the anime lineup:

Saturday 7th July (today, sorry!)
Highlander the Search for Vengeance (Cambridge Picturehouse, 11am & 11.30pm)

Monday 9th July
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society (Cambridge Picturehouse, 11.10pm)

Tuesday 10th July
Paprika (Cineworld Cambridge 4pm, Cambridge Picturehouse 11pm)
Tales from Earthsea (Cineworld Cambridge 1.30pm, Cambridge Picturehouse 4.30pm)

Wednesday 11th July
Paprika (Cineworld Cambridge 4pm, Cambridge Picturehouse 11pm)

Thursday 12th July
Tales from Earthsea (Cineworld Cambridge 1.30pm, Cambridge Picturehouse 4.30pm)

For more information and to book tickets check out the Cambridge Film Festival website.

Source: Nausicaa.Net
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6th July 2007

Terratag Exhibition

Anime inspired designer Terratag will be showcasing new designs and artwork tomorrow at Hooky, 188 Brick Lane, E1, London!  The exhibition, called Neon Genesis appears to have a neon lights theme and should be well worth a look!

Source: Terratag
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4th July 2007

Shaman King Coming to DVD

Looks like another company is dipping in to the kids anime DVD market!  Liberation Entertainment have picked up the excellent French/Japanese co-production Oban Star Racers and the popular Jetix stalwart Shaman KingOban Star Racers vol 1 is hitting the shelves at the end of this month, and Shaman King vol 1 - which will contain no less than 8 episodes of the dubbed anime - is out in September!  See our Release Schedule for dates.

Source: Play.Com
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4th July 2007

Turning Japanese!

Anyone who's been to the MCM Expos in London and Telford will have noticed that anime and Japanese culture is kind of taking over.  The organisers have noticed too, and that's why this month (21st-22nd to be precise) they are launching the JapanEX at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands!  The event promises to be a celebration of everything Japanese, with anime companies like Manga Entertainment and ADV Films rubbing shoulders with gothic lolita fashionistas and taiko drummers.  The event promises to give you the opportunity to experience all aspects of Japanese culture, from the traditional to the modern.  There will be plenty there for any fan of anime and manga to enjoy, although cosplayers be warned - you have to pre-register for the Cosplay Masquerade.  Head over to www.mcmexpo.net/japanexlondon for more info, cosplay registration and to buy tickets for the event!

Source: JapanEX
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4th July 2007

Free Anime with DVD Monthly

DVD review magazine DVD Monthly once again has a has a random anime episode on it's covermounted DVD! The first episode of MVM's ninja actioner Basilisk is this month's offering, so if you want to see what this new series is all about pop down to your local newsagent and pick up the mag!

Source: WH Smiths
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