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


27th June 2005

Everyone's Getting Paranoid!

Seems that MVM's major release of next month, Satoshi Kon's psychological drama Paranoia Agent, is causing a few stirs in the UK movie press!  The long awaited first volume of this series, which is out on 4th July and will be reviewed by us shortly, has earned plaudits from the likes of Total DVD, Empire, SFX and Hotdog magazines to name but a few, and to celebrate MVM have given us a poster to offer for download!  To get this poster please click here (right click and select 'Save As' to save to your PC)

(please note that this is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, to obtain Acrobat Reader please visit Adobe's site).

Source:  MVM

25th June 2005

Howl's Moving Castle, Steamboy and loads more anime to screen at the Cambridge Film Festival!

Forget the boat race, anime is on!  During the course of the 11-day film festival which runs from 7th-17th July there is a host of brilliant anime screening daily at the prestigious festival including Howl's Moving Castle, Steamboy, Millienium Actress and Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence.  Also screening are several brilliant Ghibli classics including Whisper Of The Heart, Kiki's Delivery Service, Laputa: Castle In The Sky and Spirited Away!

For more information on times and tickets visit the official website by clicking here

Source:  Nausicaa.net, Cambridge Film Festival Official Website

16th June 2005

The Return of Sonic!

Looks like Sonic X did ok on ITV as they are now due to start showing the second series!  The new series will be shown by ITV at 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting on Tuesday 21st June.

Source:  TV Listings

13th June 2005

Full Barefoot Gen Release Info

Optimum Asia have sent us through a press release giving full details on the forthcoming release of the classic Barefoot Gen.  Due out on 1st August to tie in with the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing (6th August), the DVD contains restored prints of both Barefoot Gen and its sequel Barefoot Gen 2, which are presented in the original Japanese with English subtitles.  Also included is a booklet which contains an interview with Keiji Nakazawa, the author of the original manga, and an essay by the co-author of the Anime Encyclopaedia - Jonathan Clements.

The DVD will cost £19.99 and for every copy sold Optimum will make a donation to the charity War Child, so not only can you buy two classic anime films for a good price, but you can make a difference to children made to suffer because of war.  To read the full press release, which includes an overview of the films, please click here.

Source:  Optimum Asia

11th June 2005

New Release for Transformers Takara

Following on from our earlier Transformers news we have now been informed that the fan favourite Japanese series Transformers Takara (also known as Transformers Headmasters) is to be re-released in the UK.  Unfortunately we have no release date or details of the DVD extras and available languages, but we are hoping that the original Japanese will be included this time.  As soon as we have further details we will post it here straight away.   

Source:  Metrodome

8th June 2005

New Release for Transformers The Movie

It seems the UK is to be treated to a re-release of the classic US/Japanese co-production Transformers The Movie!!  The new version, titled Transformers The Movie - Reconstructed, is due on the 29th August but as yet no further details have been confirmed.  However, we have heard rumours about a remastered version of the film which will contain plenty of extras, so it could be that this is it.  We'll bring more info as soon as it's available.

Source:  Metrodome

7th June 2005

The Cat Returns Cinema Screenings

Please click here for a list of cinemas showing the latest excellent Studio Ghibli offering, The Cat Returns, courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

Source:  Optimum Releasing

7th June 2005

Manga Entertainment Release Dates

Manga Entertainment have revealed the release dates for two of their recent anime announcements.  Millennium Actress, from Perfect Blue director Satoshi Kon, and volume 1 of the remastered Robotech, one of the most debated anime series of all time, are both due to hit the UK on 12th September.  These dates are obviously subject to change, and we'll bring more info as and when it becomes available.

Source:  Manga Entertainment

7th June 2005

ADV Press Release

ADV Films have confirmed their release schedule for June, which will consist of the following:

Aquarian Age vol 1 - Awakening
Chrono Crusade vol 3 - The World, the Flesh and the Devil
Gad Guard vol 4 - Collections
Get Backers vol 4 - Battles with the Past
Gravion vol 1 - Divine Steel
Mezzo - Shell One (vol 1)
Sakura Dairies Collection

A few new series in store for us next month, including the highly entertaining Mezzo (click on the above link to read a preview) and the retro styled giant robot show Gravion ADV also treat us to the continuation of nuns n guns actioner Chrono Crusade and surprise hits Get Backers and Gad Guard, but the big shock is the long awaited release of Sakura Diaries.  The first two parts of the romantic drama was submitted to the BBFC way back in 2002, but will finally see the light of day as a double disc set with the newly submitted part 3 in July.  The collection also features UK exclusive artwork and costs £24.99, which is pretty reasonable for nearly four and a half hours of anime!

Source:  ADV Films

7th June 2005

Out in June!!

6th June 2005

Blue Gender: The Warrior (MVM) Cert: 12
Gungrave vol 2 - The Sweeper (MVM) Cert: 15
Haibane Renmei vol 2 - Wings of Sorrow (MVM) Cert: PG
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie I (Beez) Cert: PG
Pokémon Heroes (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) Cert: U
Texhnolyze vol 1 - Inhumane & Beautiful (MVM) Cert: 15
Tsukihime, Lunar Legend vol 1 - Life Threads (MVM) Cert: 15
Witch Hunter Robin vol 1 - Arrival (Beez) Cert: PG
Yu Yu Hakusho vol 3 - A New Apprentice (MVM) Cert: 12

13th June 2005

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex vol 4 (Manga Entertainment) Cert: 12
La Blue Girl Returns vol 2 (Animazing) Cert: 18
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED vol 1 (Beez) Cert: 12
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED vol 2 (Beez) Cert: PG
s-CRY-ed vol 1 (Beez) Cert: PG

20th June 2005

Azumanga Daioh vol 6 - Graduation (ADV Films) Cert: PG
Gravion vol 1 - Divine Steel
(ADV Films) Cert: 12
Last Exile vol 4 - Breakthrough
(ADV Films) Cert: PG
Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum vol 4 (ADV Films) Cert: PG
New Fist of the North Star vol 2 - The Forbidden Fist (ADV Films) Cert: 15
Puni Puni Poemy (ADV Films) Cert: 18

27th June 2005

Cowboy Bebop vol 6 (Beez) Cert: 15
Stratos 4 vol 2
(Beez) Cert: PG

Source:  MVM, Manga Entertainment, ADV Films, Play.Com

31st May 2005

Howl Release Date and Porco Rosso Hint

Optimum Releasing have been kind enough to give us some hints as to their cinema plans for this year!  First up is the confirmed release date for Howl's Moving Castle, which will receive a massive theatrical release similar to that given to Spirited Away on 30th September 2005.  Howl is our most anticipated release of the year and we will be amongst the first in line to see it! 

Optimum are also pencilling in plans for a 'Ghibli Tour' of cinemas throughout the country, although at present titles and dates are TBC - we'll keep you posted as and  when we hear more.  And last but most definitely not least, Porco Rosso looks likely to have a theatrical release next year, although it is unclear when or if this will be through Optimum (however, we assume that it is, considering their record with Ghibli titles).  It is great to see Ghibli titles coming to cinemas where they belong, and we really hope that the Ghibli Tour Optimum are planning will include as many as possible as these films deserve to be seen by a much larger audience.

Source:  Optimum Releasing