Expo License News!
The October London Comic Con MCM Expo has just been and gone, and it was bigger and better than ever! A full article will be coming around the end of the week, but in the meantime here's a roundup of the main anime license announcements from the event.
Usually the quieter of the licensing companies, MVM nonetheless had a fair few announcements to make. First up in January will be part 1 of sci-fi actioner Needless, with part 2 following in February, followed by fantasy drama Shana Season 2, girls with guns actioner CANAAN and action comedy Dream Eater Merry in March and supernatural action series Gai-Rei Zero in April. Also confirmed for 2013 but not yet dated are romantic comedy Mayo Chiki!, slice of life drama Kids on the Slope, sci-fi adventure Bodacious Space Pirates and fanservice-laden action series Majikoi: Samurai Girls. MVM rep Tony Allan also hinted that good pre-orders of Shana series 2 could persuade him to license series 3, and that - whilst he still isn't completely sold on blu-ray - he would like to release FLCL and Berserk in the format, provided he can secure the license and piggy-back on an Australian production run.
Kazé are an interesting one as their licenses are distributed in the UK by Manga Entertainment, so there is always a bit of a crossover between the two companies' announcements. As always several of Kazé's acquisitions are ones that have been shown on the Anime On Demand streaming website, starting with the sci-fi series K, which is currently streaming for free as part of the site's Autumn schedule. Also falling into this category is the superhero series Tiger & Bunny, the first volume of which will hit the shelves on the 14th January. The series is set to be released over four volumes, each of which will contain seven episodes on blu-ray and DVD along with 'hero cards' and a mini-magazine. Journey to Agartha, the latest film from 5 Centimeters Per Second director Makoto Shinkai, is set for release on blu-ray and DVD on 28th January, and there will be a special edition with an artbook available too. Both series of mecha drama Code Geass will be released on blu-ray and DVD in the first quarter of 2013, about five weeks apart, whilst Bleach Series 10 Part 1 is due for release in February followed by part 2 in the spring and hopefully Series 11 and 12 over the course of 2013. Also confirmed for a 2013 DVD release is school comedy Bakuman (which may also come out on blu-ray), drama Mawaru Penguidrum, psychological drama Mirai Nikki and supernatural drama Un-Go. Kazé rep Andrew Partridge confirmed that he would like to license Magi, another series currently streaming on Anime On Demand, and visceral actioner Deadman Wonderland.
Manga had a flurry of announcements, including a few that will please some fans. First up was the confirmation that they'd licensed Wolf Children, the latest film from Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda, and will release it for a limited cinema run next year. They are also looking into the possibility of running a Hosoda retrospective in the cinema, covering not only The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Childrem, but also his early directorial efforts on the sixth One Piece film and Digimon The Movie! Manga's other big announcements were the supernatural actioner Blood-C and its spin-off film Blood-C The Last Dark, parts 5 to 8 of the action horror series Hellsing Ultimate - which will be released on blu-ray along with the original four episodes, and action series Jormungand. Rounding off their announcements were the comedy series Cat Planet Cuties and confirmation of the previously announced Guilty Crown and Aria: The Scarlet Ammo. Manga rep Jerome Mazandarani also said that he hoped to release Fairy Tail series 2 and the Fairy Tail film, and was still negotiating for Steins;Gate and King of Thorn with Japanese licensors Kadokawa and Sunrise respectively. He also said that he would like to release slice of life drama Bunny Drop and sci-fi actioner BTOOOM!