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New Anime Releases 22/09/2014 Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pātisserie Promotional Video Sat, 20 Sep 2014

A promotional video for the anime Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie has been released on niconico Douga showing the first glimpses of the anime adaptation of the mobile app game Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie.

 

Synopsis

High school girl Sayuri Haruno attends an elite confectionery school named Fleurir on a scholarship as part of her dream to open a Patisserie. Also attending the school are several handsome young men.   

The lead character is voiced by Yui Ishikawa, famous for voicing Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan. She is supported by fellow seiyuu Ryohei Kimura (Akira Takizawa in Eden of the East), Hikaru Midorikawa (Zelgadiss in Slayers), Kaito Ishikawa (Nine in Zankyou no Terror), and Tetsuya Kakihara (Amaimon in Blue Exorcist) among others.

For more information on this show, check out part 2 of the autumn season preview as well as the first part to see what is on offer.

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Black Butler's Live-Action Movie Headed To The UK? Sat, 20 Sep 2014

Back in January, a Japanese live-action movie based on Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga was released in Japanese theatres. Although an official release has yet to be announced, if website of the British Board of Film Classification is any indication, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK might be planning a theatrical release of the movie, as it was issued with a 15 certificate earlier this week. 

The BBFC website describes the film as follows:

BLACK BUTLER is a live-action adaptation of a Japanese manga series about a demonic butler and his master, set in a futuristic world where a new drug with fatal side-effects threatens to destabilise society.

Unlike the original manga, which was set in Victorian England, this movie adaption has moved the setting to an Asian city in 2020 and the main character of the manga, Ciel Phantomhive, has been replaced with Shiro (Gatchaman's Ayame), who has to don a male persona as females aren't permitted lead the Phantomhive family. The role of the demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis is played by Hiro Mizushima (Beck).

Yen Press are currently publishing the ongoing manga series in English, while Manga Entertainment UK released the first two seasons of the anime in the United Kingdom. The final episode of the franchise's third television anime series aired in Japan last week.

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Tokyo Ghoul To Get Second Season In January Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Yesterday, the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul, the 12-episode anime adaptation from Pierrot and Academy Award-nominated director Shuhei Morita, aired in Japan.

The series, which is based on a fantasy-horror manga by Sui Ishida, followed Ken Kaneki, who finds himself being attacked by a "ghoul", a human-like creature with a hunger for human flesh. After an accident leaves the ghoul dead and Kaneki with serious injuries, the university student discovers that the organs of his hunter have been transplanted into his body, thus leaving him as a half-human/half-ghoul hybrid.

Today, the official Chinese website for the series confirmed that a second TV anime will be airing in January 2015.

Wakanim and Animax simulcast the first season in the United Kingdom as it aired.

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One Piece Music Symphony Headed to London Fri, 19 Sep 2014

A two hour symphonic celebration of Eichiro Oda's world famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga One Piece has already wowed fans in Paris and Hong Kong and now, the pirate crew is setting sail for the United Kingdom.

The Thousand Sunny will be docking in Chelsea's Cadogan Hall on Saturday 7th February*, bringing along the anime composer Kohei Tanaka, who VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet. Some of Tanaka's other words include Galaxy Express 999 and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

Tickets for the event go on sale on 25th September 2014 and will cost £25, but can be booked today at this link.

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*Yes, I know Chelsea is land-locked. They can get a train or have Luffy catapult them all over to Chelsea.

Related: One Piece
Details on The London International Animation Festival Fri, 19 Sep 2014

The organisers of The London International Animation Festival have issued a press release detailing the events at the festival which launches next month.

THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (LIAF 14)

24 Oct – Nov 2
Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre UK

barbican.org.uk/film
Box Office 0845 120 7527     

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF14) returns to the Barbican with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of forums, workshops and over 200 of the best recent, historical and retrospective animation from around the world. This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire and delight - and also challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D-CG blockbuster genre. Indie animation is an artform that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production - from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, solely digital to some of the more interesting developments in 3D – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

LIAF 2014’s opening night gala on Fri 24 Oct celebrates the centenary of Scottish-born Canadian animator Norman McLaren with a special programme entitled McLaren’s Influences – to be introduced by fellow animator and Canadian Steven Woloshen. Norman McLaren’s pioneering techniques led him to become one of the world’s most influential animators, whose works were added to the UNESCO Memory of World Programme in 2009.

Steven Woloshen will also deliver a workshop event during the festival as will other world-renowned animators: Andreas Hykade (Germany), Priit Tender (Estonia) and Ulo Pikkov (Estonia).

LIAF14 will also screen the UK Premieres of the acclaimed feature films Rocks in My Pockets – Signe Baumane (USA) and The Boy and The World – Ale Abreu (Brazil) which scooped top awards at this year’s Annecy, France and Ottawa, Canada animation festivals.

As well as the usual competitive collections of the best, most recent short animated films from every corner of the world, LIAF14 will feature two specially curated shorts programme 3 Days in Paris – which stake a claim for Paris as the animation capital of the world. Paris New explores the best recent work, while Paris Historical digs a little deeper to reveal a diverse line-up of films that have put these production studios on the animation map.

Animated Documentaries is a selection of stylish, persuasive and compelling short form narratives mixed with some of the most stunning visuals of the festival, and the Abstract Showcase is animation in its purest form - LIAF’s annual collection of the most impressive and expressive experimental animated films from all over the world.

LIAF will also present three programmes of animation specifically for children – Amazing Animations for 0-6 year-olds and Marvellous Animations for 7-15 year-olds – and German animator Andreas Hykade will introduce his award-winning series of short films ‘Tom and the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam and Honey’.

Children and adults also get the opportunity to take part in a drop-in animation workshop and the LIAF Flipbook challenge lead by acclaimed animator Elizabeth Hobbs during the afternoon of 25 October.

At the two-day LIAF Industry events taking place on 31 October and 1 November, local and international guests will present talks and workshops on how to break into animation for television, the techniques of cameraless animation, how to make a living abstractly living outside of the commercial sphere, the nuts and bolts of how to make an independent animated film and the surrealist roots of Estonian film.

The festival ends with the Best-of-the-Festival on Sunday 2 November featuring the best films chosen by our panel of judges and audience votes.

Full programme listings available at Barbican Film

Ticket prices:
barbican.org.uk/film Box Office: 0845 120 7527
 

Standard: £11.50 Barbican Members: £9.20 Concessions: £10.50 Young Barbican: £5

On top of the press release the festival website has been updated with the full schedule which reveals a number of Japanese entries in the various programmes like Mirai Mizue’s 8 minute film, Wonder, which is played in the Abstract Showcase alongside Koukou by Takashi Ohashi. It was screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Other examples of Japanese animation is Anomalies by Atsushi Wada which plays in the international competition programme, Looking for Answers.

Kids get to delight in Mari Miyazawa’s Twins in Bakery, a 5 minute story about the mischief that occurs when a baker closes the store for the night. People more interested in surreal and visual adventures can venture Inside the Mind where people can watch Land by Masanobu Hiraoka. Even more strange are the titles in Absurd and Zany like Wee Willie Winkie  and Na Ni Nu Ne No No where the human form is warped into some rather unique shapes.

There are many more titles on offer. For a taste of what will play in the festival, check out Snow Hut by Yoriko Mizushiri which plays in the Being Human strand.

For more information visit the site.

First Arpeggio of Blue Steel Film Out In Japan Next January Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Back in June, it was revealed that two animated theatrical features based on the military science fiction manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel by Ark Performance have been green-lit. The first film is intended to be a recap of Sanzigen's 2013 TV anime adaptation, while the second is to be a brand new work.

Today, the first feature was given a release date of January 2015 and the official title Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova DC. The movie's opening theme song will be performed by the voice actress unit Trident (Mai Fuchigami, Manami Numakura, Hibiki Yamamura). Series director Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!Persona 4 The Animation) will be leading the charge of production staff returning from the television series.

In Arpeggio of Blue Steel, humanity has lost a large quantity of its developed land as a result of global warming. They then lose the seas when a "Fleet of Fog" appears all over the world and overwhelms humanity. Seventeen years later, Gunzo Chihaya and his crewmates find themselves comandeering a "Fleet of Fog" submarine and together with the submarine's "mental model", they take the fight back to the Fleet of Fog.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the original manga and are releasing the series in English speaking territories.

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Attack on Titan competition Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind. 

Attack on Titan Part 1 is available to own on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector's Edition Blu-ray now from Manga Entertainment UK. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visithttp://www.mangauk.com/ 

We have one copy of Attack On Titan Part 1 on Blu-ray to give away to one lucky winner!

Check how to enter in our competitions page now!

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Hit UK Cinemas Tue, 16 Sep 2014

Two live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies were released in Japan over August and September bringing the film trilogy to a dramatic end while breaking box office records. British fans of the franchise will be pleased to know that Warner Bros are bringing at least one of the films to UK cinemas. According to the website launchingfilms.com, Rurouni Kenshin 2 will launch on Friday 28 November.

The first Rurouni Kenshin film screened last year in cinemas across the UK and while there is no release date for the third film, it is expected to reach the UK at some point.

For more details such as a plot synopsis and trailer, head over to the forums.

15/09/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 15 Sep 2014
Blood Lad now available on Netflix! Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Anime Limited's conquest of streaming service Netflix is continuing in full force! After making Kill la KillGurren Lagann and Samurai Flamenco available on the service, the distributor has added another of their upcoming releases: the supernatural action comedy Blood Lad, an adaptation of Yuuki Kodama's manga of the same name that aired in Japan last year.

Blood Lad is set in the surreal "Demon World" and stars the vampire Staz Charlie Blood, who avoids hunting humans like his ancestors did. When a human girl, Fuyumi Yanagi accidentally wonders into the Demon World and is killed by a carnivorous plant and becomes a ghost, Staz pledges to help bring her back to life.

Anime Limited will be releasing the series on DVD and blu-ray on 27th October. The series is available for streaming in both English and Japanese.

New Anime Releases 15/09/2014 Sun, 14 Sep 2014
Love Stage!! manga to be released by Viz Media Sun, 14 Sep 2014

The original manga of comedy yaoi series Love Stage!! is to released in English by Viz Media under their SuBLime boys' love imprint.

The news was announced at the Yaoi-Con convention in on Saturday, who also revealed they will be releasing other titles, including new volumes of current series Hide and Seek, Starting with a Kiss and Embracing Love.

Love Stage!! follows otaku Izumi Sena, a boy from a celebrity family who does not want to follow their showbiz path. Instead he wants to make manga, despite his total lack of artistic talent. He eventually takes up one showbiz job, starring in a sequel to a TV advert he appeared in as a child. His co-star is big-name actor Ryoma Ichijo, but Ryoma is under the assumption that Izumi is a girl. When Ryoma discovered the truth, he eventually begins to form romantic feelings for Izumi.

The first volume will be released both in print and digitally in May 2015. An anime version of Love Stage!! was recently streamed on Crunchyroll and is currently still available to watch. The anime has been licenced in USA by Sentai Filmworks. For Anime UK News's review of the series, see here.

Amongst SuBLime's other new releases they are to bring out digital only releases of Ginger Honey (sequel to Natsume’s Devil's Honey) in February 2015; The Night Beyond the Tricorner Window in March 2015; and Special Delivery (first English language release by Akutagawa) in April 2015.

In returning print titles, the third volume of Hide and Seek is now scheduled for March 2015; the third volume of Starting with a Kiss for June 2015; and the third omnibus (Volume 5-6) of Embracing Love in August 2015.

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Related: Love Stage!!, SuBLime
Canterbury Anifest festival to host Ghost in the Shell's Andy Frain and more! Sun, 14 Sep 2014

On 27th October, the South East's biggest animation festival, the week-long Canterbury Anifest will open, giving animation enthusiasts the chance to attend workshops and talks centered around the animation industry. This year, the Canterbury Anifest will be screening a collection of some of Japan's most iconic animated works from legendary directors such as Mamoru Oshii, Hayao Miyazaki, the late Satoshi Kon and more!

The event will open with a screening of short films submitted from across the world and will also feature a rare talk with Andy Frain, who is a founding member and the former CEO of Manga Entertainment, as well as an Executive Producer of Mamoru Oshii's iconic Ghost in the Shell, as well talks from Japanese film specialist Jasper Sharp and the comic artist Sally Jane Thompson. 

For anyone in the local area with an interest in some of the industry's most critically acclaimed works, you don't want to miss out on this opportunity!

The full list of film screenings is as follows:

27th October:

  • Canterbury Anifest Opening Night Short Film Screening (19:30 - 21:30)

28th October:

  • An Evening With Andy Frain (18:00 - 20:00)
  • Ghost in the Shell (20:00 - 22:30)

29th October:

  • Barefoot Gen (19:00 - 20:45)

31st October:

  • Patema Inverted (18:15 - 20:30)
  • Blood: The Last Vampire and Perfect Blue double bill (20:45 - 23:30)

1st November:

  • Kiki's Delivery Service (10:30 - 12:30)
  • Spirited Away (17:30 - 19:45)
  • Akira (20:30 - 23:00)

2nd November:

  • My Neighbour Totoro (17:00 - 19:30)
  • Tekkonkinkreet (19:30 - 21:45)

Full details, information on more events and tickets for each event are available on Canterbury Anifest's website. The anime movie screenings will be taking place at The Gulbenkian.

Anime Limited Reveals Patema Inverted's Ultimate Edition Artwork Fri, 12 Sep 2014

After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Anime Limited were able to fully fund an "Ultimate Edition" release of Yasuhiro Yoshiura's theatrical feature Patema Inverted.

Today, the distributor released an update regarding the Ultimate Edition release confirming some details on the progress of their work on the release. Sadly, they did note that the recent news of a delay to Gurren Lagann's Ultimate Edition has affected this release as well and that backers will be receiving their copies towards the end of October, which is still before the general release. The digital backer rewards will also be available around that time as well. Other backer rewards, such as mugs and quad posters will hopefully be sent out next week.

They also provided pictures of artwork for the title (but note that it has not yet been approved and is subject to change):

Anime Limited will be releasing Patema Inverted on DVD and blu-ray on 3rd November 2014.

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