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Seven Seas Games Reveals Space Dandy Deck Building Game Wed, 4 Mar 2015

Yesterday, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they would be expanding their business into table-top games; teasing that their first announcement would come today and now, the first planned game has been revealed: a deck-building card game based on Studio BONES and Shinichiro Watanabe's Space Dandy science fiction comedy anime.

In order to fund the game, Seven Seas Games have started a Kickstarter fundraiser with the intention of raising $12,000 to fund production of the game. By pledging various amounts of money, fans can receive a varying degree of gifts ranging from digital wallpapers, to a bundle of the board game and FUNimation Entertainment's North American release of the anime's first season! The full tier list is as follows:

  • $1 - Five digital wall-papers.
  • $50 - A free copy of the Space Dandy: Galactic Deck Building Card Game.
  • $80 - TWO copies of the Space Dandy: Galactic Deck Building Card Game.
  • $90 - The Honey Limited Edition, including a copy of the game, a foil-stamped box sleeve, series guide book, 3 mini posters, sticker sheet and a "Boobies" point card.
  • $100 - The Honey + Dandy Bundle. A copy of the Honey Limited Edition and a copy of FUNimation Entertainment's Space Dandy season one collection.

Due to the licensing contraints, the the Kickstarter currently does not ship to the United Kingdom, but to find out more about its fundraising page, you can visit it here. If the campaign raises over $20,000, Seven Seas Entertainment will be upgrading the overall quality of the game, with improved card-stock and better play pieces.

Anime Limited released the first season of Space Dandy in the United Kingdom last year.

Animatsu Licenses Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water Wed, 4 Mar 2015

Earlier today, the UK-based anime distributor Animatsu posted a teaser image on their Instagram account, challenging readers to guess what their next license announcement would be. Following a correct guess, Animatsu confirmed their plans to release GAINAX's classic Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water in the United Kingdom on both DVD and blu-ray in the second quarter of this year.

Directed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame and based on a concept by the Academy Award winning Hayao Miyazaki, the 1990 series centres around the crew of the Nautilus submarine, which includes the titular Nadia, a young French inventor called Jean, a group of jewel thieves and the submarine's Captain Nemo, as they struggle against the Neo-Atlantean forces, who seek world domination. During their journey, Nadia and Jean will have to explore the powers of Nadia's mysterious blue pendant and her hidden origins.

The 39 episodes of Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water originally aired in Japan between April 1990 and April 1991.

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Seven Seas Expanding Into...Board Games?! Tue, 3 Mar 2015

The English-language manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment, perhaps most well known recently for hit series' like A Certain Scientific Railgun and Monster Musume, will be expanding their market from just the publication of manga. They won't be taking similar steps like Yen Press and establishing a light novel imprint though; the target of Seven Seas' new expansion is the world of tabletop games!

Seven Seas Games will start releasing trading card games and board games with an anime aesthetic later this year. Their first work, which is based on an established property, will be announced tomorrow. Games released by Seven Seas will contain both a mix of licensed and original products.

Seven Seas President Jason DeAngelis said this about the new expansion: “Both manga and board games are cited as two areas of tremendous growth in the publishing industry. We’ve decided to combine both, appealing to manga and anime fans as well as gamers in a whole new way.”

Maybe in the future we'll see the likes of A Certain Scientific Trading Card Game and Kokoro Connect Four?

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New Manga Releases - 02/03/2015 Mon, 2 Mar 2015

New manga releases this week:

Claymore 26

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.47

D. Gray-Man Omnibus 6

(592 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.71

Dragonball Omnibus 8

(552 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Kamisama Kiss 17

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.47

Kiss of the Rose Princess 3

(180 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.99

LBX 4

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.99

Monster Musume 6

(180 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.19

Naruto 69

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £4.72

New Lone Wolf & Cub 4

(208 pgs) (Dark Horse) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.22

Nisekoi: False Love 8

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.59

Oresama Teacher 18

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.48

Pokemon Adventures 27

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.48

Pokemon Advenutres:

Black and White 6

(224 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Pokemon XY 2

(80 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £3.99

Buy from Amazon for £3.23

The Sacred Blacksmith 7

(180 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.01

Skip Beat! Omnibus 10

(568 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.73

Seraph of the End 4

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.59

xxxHolic Omnibus 5

(560 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.95

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's 7

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.47

New Anime Releases - 02/03/2015 Mon, 2 Mar 2015
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Manga Entertainment UK Confirms May Release For One Piece Film Z Sun, 1 Mar 2015

In December 2012 Toei Animation released One Piece Film: Z, the twelth theatrical feature based on Eiichiro Oda's iconic Weekly Shonen Jump manga series One Piece. FUNimation Entertainment released the movie in North America last September and now, it is the United Kingdom's turn to the Straw Hat Pirates' latest big screen adventure.

Following on from their announcement earlier today that they will be releasing Collections 9-12 of One Piece from April, Manga Entertainment UK took to their Twitter account to confirm a May 2015 release date for their home video release of One Piece Film: Z, although exact formats were not confirmed at the time of announcement.

Manga Entertainment UK have released all of the previous One Piece movies in the United Kingdom with the exception of the eleventh (Straw Hat Chase). The first nine movies were released in DVD-only collections of 3, with the eighth also receiving a standalone blu-ray release, while One Piece: Strong World (movie 10) was released seperately on DVD and blu-ray last year.

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Anime Limited Licenses Miss Hokusai Anime Movie Fri, 27 Feb 2015

The UK-based distributor Anime Limited has announced that they will be releasing Production I.G's upcoming theatrical feature Miss Hokusai in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a theatrical release in October and November, with a home video release on DVD and blu-ray to follow.

Directed by Annecy winner Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and based on Hinako Sugiura's classic historical manga SarusuberiMiss Hokusai tells the relatively unknown story of O-Ei Hokusai, the third daughter of the internationally renowned 19th century artist Tetsuzo (Katsushika Hokusai). Having inherited both her father's talent and stubbornness, she would often paint in the place of her short-tempered father, but was largely uncredited for her work.

In regards to the acquisition, Andew Patridge, President of Anime Limited said:

"I'm thrilled to be able to bring this beautiful film to the UK. It's a wonderful story with an interesting historical setting that is both enjoyable and fascinating. I'm really looking forward to giving this film a great release.

Miss Hokusai is set to be released in Japan on 9th May.

Teaser from the Knights of Sidonia Movie Fri, 27 Feb 2015

A teaser video for the upcoming Knights of Sidonia movie adaptation has gone up on Maidigitv. It shows the first sortie that main protagonist Nagate Tanikaze makes.

 

The movie adapts the first season of Knights of Sidonia but on top of compiling the 12 episodes there are new sequences and sound effects are redone. The movie is released on March 06th. The second season of Knights of Sidonia will premiere in April.

UK Trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya released Thu, 26 Feb 2015

A new trailer for Studio Ghibli's Oscar-nominated film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya has been released in the UK by Studio Canal.

The film, created in a watercolour-style animation, is based on a Japanese folklore tail about a tiny princess found in a bamboo stalk and her journey through life. The movie is released in UK cinemas on 20th March.

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Over the L'Arc en Ciel Documentary Screening in London Tue, 24 Feb 2015

L’Arc-en-Ciel fans have a nice surprise in store because a documentary about their 2012 world tour will be screened at East London’s Rich Mix cinema on Sunday 8 March.

The documentary showcases highlights of their 2012 international tour which was launched as the Japanese rock band, celebrated its 20th anniversary. During the tour, they played 17 shows for a total audience of half a million people across 14 cities.

According to Japan Underground, The Japanese-American director Ray Yoshimoto filmed the backstage scenes of the Madison Square Garden performance, a momentous occasion for Japanese music as a whole, and the band’s unknown aspect along with their overwhelming live performances. Viewers will get to see the band performing around the world in places such as Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, France, the US at Madison Square Garden, and the UK at London’s Indigo at the O2.

The documentary was released on December 04th last year. After the announcement of the film’s release in Japan, many enthusiastic fans around the world raised their voices for international release of the film and it is now confirmed that the documentary will be shown in London as well as Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong where L’Arc-en-Ciel visited during their WORLD TOUR in 2012.

Tickets for the screening are on sale now and are priced at £12.20.

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Anime Limited Announces Release Delays Tue, 24 Feb 2015

Unfortunately, not every piece of news can be new good news, as is evident in the latest update from distributor Anime Limited, who have had to break the news on a number of their upcoming releases:

First off, as a result of waiting for approval times on the packaging, Kill la Kill's second Collector's Edition release has had its release moved back to 23rd March 2015. The company's planned Place Promised In Our Early Days/Voices of a Distant Star double-pack has also had its release date replaced with a "TBC" as a result of issues regarding access to the English language audio. A production delay has also affected Wings of Honneamise, resulting in its release date being moved to mid-April.

Anime Limited have also confirmed that their planned standard edition release of Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning has been merged.into a standard edition twin-pack, bundling it with the theatrical feature Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, which will be available on the same day as the latter's Collector's Edition (27th April). This new twin-pack will be available on both DVD and blu-ray with an SRP of £19.99/£24.99 (DVD and blu-ray respectively).

However, it's not all doom and gloom! Amidst this release date shuffle, Anime Limited will be moving up the release date of HAL's standard edition, which will be available on DVD and blu-ray in March.

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Animatsu To Release Gatchaman Crowds On 27th April Tue, 24 Feb 2015

Last month, the newly unveiled anime distributor Animatsu announced that they had acquired the home video rights to Tatsunoko Production's 2013 series Gatchaman Crowds, which they will be releasing on both DVD and blu-ray. Today, the distributor confirmed that they have set a 27th April 2015 release date for the series.

In an interview with UK-Anime, Animatsu confirmed that their release of the 12-episode series will be reproduction of Hanabee Entertainment's edition, which was made available in Australia last November. The series was simulcast by Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan, where it is still available for streaming if you wish to try before you buy.

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Dark Horse confirm Astro Boy omnibus Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Dark Horse Comics has officially announced that it will release omnibus edition possibly the most influential manga of all: Astro Boy

Created by "Godfather of Manga" Osamu Tezuka, the classic sci-fi series was the first manga to be adapted into an anime. The manga ran for 23 volumes between 1952 and 1968. The original anime series ran between 1963 and 1968, although not the episodes were broadcast in English. The series follows the adventures of the robot boy with 100,000 horsepower fighting evil around the world.

It was suspected that Dark Horse were going to release the series for some time because websites such as Amazon were listing the book, but this is the first time the omnibus has been officially confirmed. 

Dark Horse had previously released the series in a flipped left-to-right format. It is not known if this omnibus will be flipped or un-flipped, although previous Dark Horse omnibuses have been released reading left-to-right.

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New Manga Releases - 23/02/2015 Mon, 23 Feb 2015
The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Ads Mon, 23 Feb 2015

The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan television anime has a number of television adverts for the upcoming anime which looks set to be a big title when it is eleased on April 05th at the start of Spring 2015 season. Here are some of the ads:

 

 

 

 

 

This is a new adaptation of an epic fantasy series from Yoshiki Tanaka (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) and features the work of Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist). The anime is directed by Noriyuki Abe (Black Butler: Book of Circus, Flame of Recca) and series composition comes from Makoto Uezu (Humanity Has Declined).

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