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27th May 2013

Comic Con License News!

As always representatives from the three big UK anime companies got together at this weekend's MCM London Comic Con to announce some new acquisitions, and although there were less than normal there was still plenty to report.  Manga Entertainment had the biggest news, announcing the license of Production IG's fantasy epic Attack on Titan, the big budget live action adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime Space Battleship Yamato and feature-length anime spin-off Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

MVM had the most announcements, confirming the re-license of the fanservice-laden sci-fi series Daphne in the Brilliant Blue alongside former ADV Films titles Pumpkin Scissors and Red Garden.  They have also picked up the sci-fi series Shangri-La, modern supernatural fantasy C - Control and detective drama Heaven's Memo Pad.  Rounding off the announcements were new distributor Anime Limited, who revealed that they had pipped Manga and Kaz to the sci-fi film Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning, a spin-off from the superhero series Tiger & Bunny.

Source: MCM London Comic Con

21st May 2013

Manga Release Delays

Manga Entertainment have announced that three of their forthcoming DVD releases are delayed due to a combination of licensing and technical issues.  The three titles are the Bakuman Complete Series box set (now out on 17th June), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Complete Collection Part 1 blu-ray and Naruto Shippuden Part 13 (both out 24th June). 

The delay to Bakuman is due to an audio synching issue, Fullmetal Alchemist due to licensing and manufacturing and Naruto Shippuden because the first disc is was authored to Region 1!

Source: Manga

11th May 2013

Ghost in the Shell: Arise Trailer Released!

Bandai have revealed the full trailer for the first part of the forthcoming anime Ghost in the Shell: Arise!  This latest instalment in the Ghost in the Shell franchise is set prior to the events of the films or anime series, and focuses on a mysterious bombing and assassination in the aftermath of a major war.  The story seems to detail the events that bring Section 9 into being, and the trailer features a younger Motoko Kusanagi, Batou and Togusa as well as a couple of new characters.  The new anime is set to be released in four 50-minute parts, and although no UK release has been announced we can't see it staying that way for long.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

10th May 2013

MVM Release Dates Confirmed

MVM have revealed the release dates for several of their forthcoming anime releases, all of which are available for pre-order on their website Anime-on-Line.  Amongst the titles listed are Bakemonogatari parts 1 and 2, which are set to be released on DVD in June and July with the Blu-Rays following in August and September, ef ~ A Tale of Memories and Inu X Boku Secret Service, which are coming in August, and ef ~ A Tale of Melodies which is coming slated for September.

MVM have also confirmed that the recent recall of the US Blu-Ray release of Kids on the Slope should not affect the UK release, which is set for 24th June.  The US release was recalled at the 11th hour due to an issue with the audio track, but the UK production run hadn't begun when the error was identified so MVM are using the corrected version.

Source: MVM

9th May 2013

Interstella 5555 Gets London Screening

The anime musical Interstella 5555 is to be screened at London's Hackney Picturehouse cinema on Friday 24th May.  The film, which was the result of a collaboration between the legendary animator Leiji Matsumoto and the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, is to be screened as part of a launch party for Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories.  The event starts at 9pm with the new album being played alongside related music prior to the screening, which starts at 11.30pm.

The MCM London Comic Con also kicks off on the 24th May, so if you're looking for something to do in London on the Friday night it's certainly a good option!  For more details and tickets check out the Picturehouse website here.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

7th May 2013

Scotland Loves Animation Brings Shinichiro Watanabe to Scotland

Scottish animation festival Scotland Loves Animation have revealed that they and Anime Limited will be bringing Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe to Edinburgh on Tuesday 28th May.  Watanabe will appear from 7pm at a special event in the Scotsman Hotel near Waverley Station and will introduce a double bill of Cowboy Bebop episodes before participating in a Q&A session and signing.  Tickets cost 5.99 and include a free exclusive art print, or for 19.99 you get the ticket and art print plus a reservation of the forthcoming Cowboy Bebop Part 1 Blu-Ray set.  Click here for more details!

Source: Anime Ltd