Manchester Expo News
The MCM Manchester Expo has come and gone, and it was a huge success again this year with over 11,300 attendees piling in to get a look at what the show had to offer. We'll do a full feature roundup by the weekend, but in the meantime we'll round up the news from Manga Entertainment's panel including the licenses they announced and any other interesting tidbits.
First up were the licenses, with Manga confirming the acquisition of Aria The Scarlet Ammo, Guilty Crown, Fractale, Jormungand and (via Twitter later) Freezing. They also confirmed release dates for the majority of their titles up to the end of the year, including Persona 4: The Animation, Gintama The Movie and The World God Only Knows (see our Release Schedule for dates).
They also had some stuff to say about Blu-Ray and other future licenses, explaining that Ninja Scroll's five week delay is due to a surge in demand for steelbook packaging which means they won't be able to manufacture it until November. Interestingly they did give some hints as to the extras to expect, which will include a booklet written by anime expert Jonathan Clements. The next news was not so good though, with an admission that the forthcoming Blu-Ray box set release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica will be quite short lived due to pressure from Japan and the US. Manga is significantly undercutting other territories with its pricing and could be forced to pull the plug on the box set shortly after release, and instead release the individual Blu-Ray volumes. So basically pre-order it now, it's less than £30 on both Amazon and Play.Com and if you miss this chance you probably won't get it this cheap again.
Finally no Manga panel would be complete without a mention of One Piece, and Manga's long-suffering rep Jerome revealed that acquisition of the license relies largely on Toei being impressed by the success of Dragonball Z.