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New Anime Releases - 26/07/2015 Sun, 26 Jul 2015
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Anime Limited Licenses Ping Pong The Animation Fri, 24 Jul 2015

MCM Manchester Comic Con is just around the corner, but the Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited has already decided to spill the beans on one new license announcement - Tatsunoko Production's Ping Pong The Animation is coming to the United Kingdom! Based on Taiyo Matsumoto's coming-of-age sports manga, the eleven-episode series was originally broadcast on Japan's Fuji TV between April and June of last year.

Ping Pong The Animation will be released in the United Kingdom in October on both DVD and blu-ray formats and will include FUNimation's English dub alongside the original Japanese language track. On-disc extras will include episode commentaries, commercials, next episode previews and textless songs. The distributor's president, Andrew Partridge, had this to say about the acquisition:

Ping Pong is a title I’ve had my eyes on for a quite for a while. It’s unique animation style coupled with the quality of story telling and the actual playing of Table Tennis itself, keeping in mind I’m really not that well versed in the sport at all, makes this show something that everyone should really go out of their way to see. I’m delighted we’ve been able to add this to our ever-expanding catalogue.

You can watch the official trailer used for Madman Entertainment's Australian release below:

Additionally, Anime Limited also confirmed that their highly anticipated home video release of the superhero comedy-drama Samurai Flamenco will be beginning this November, with the first half of the series being slated for a blu-ray release. Originally premiering in October 2013, the twenty-two episode series follows the male model Masayoshi Hazama as he tries to fulfill his dream of being a costumed superhero and what happens when he crosses paths and encounter some rather unusual phenomena.

The second of Sword Art Online II's four planned volumes has also been confirmed to be released on DVD and Collector's Edition Blu-ray in October, with Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress joining Samurai Flamenco Part 1 in November as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi-pack.

Will you be buying any of these upcoming releases?


World Trigger given a second series Wed, 22 Jul 2015

Shonen Jump's sci-fi anime World Trigger is to be given a second series, which will feature an original plot not in the manga.

At the "World Trigger Summer Festival 2015" it was revealed that the new series has been entitled Fugitives from Another World, and will include features and characters not found in the manga by Daisuke Ashihara. No other information has been revealed, with even the voice actors unaware of the new details.

The series is set in Mikado City, which is under attack from beings from another world called "Neighbours". It revolves around a group called "Border" who try to fight against the attacks, with the two main characters being Osamu Mikumo, a guy with no natural talent at stopping the enemy, and Yuma Kuga, a friendly Neighbour.

The anime, currently made by Toei Animation, began last October and was scheduled to last 50 episodes. Currently streaming on Crunchyroll, the anime adaptation of the manga has come under fire from many reviewers for the poor quality of the animation.

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Anime UK News review of original series

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies, Knights of Sidonia Delayed Tue, 21 Jul 2015

At the MCM London Comic Con back in May, Manga Entertainment UK announced plans to release Aniplex and SHAFT's highly anticipated theatrical feature film pair Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie #1: Beginnings and #2: Eternal in the United Kingdom. Originally scheduled to be available on DVD and blu-ray from 10th August, the distributor has announced today that a wait on licensor approvals has resulted in a revised release date of 7th September 2015.

Released theatrically in Japan in 2012, the movies reunites director Akiyuki Shinbo (Monogatari series) and writer Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero) to retell the story of the critically acclaimed television anime series with all new animation, voice recordings and an original soundtrack composed by Yuki Kajiura (Fate/ZeroSword Art Online). Manga Entertainment have yet to confirm whether this delay will impact their planned release of the 2013 original sequel, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie #3: Rebellion, which is currently scheduled to be released on 28th September 2015.

Manga Entertainment aren't the only distributor to be affected by the wait for licensor approvals, as Animatsu Entertainment confirmed today that their planned DVD and blu-ray release of Netflix and Polygon Studios' mecha anime Knights of Sidonia has had its original 17th August release date moved to 7th September as well.

Will you be picking up either of these releases?


New Anime Releases - 19/07/2015 Sun, 19 Jul 2015
Mon, 13 Jul 2015

A year has passed since Ichigo lost his Soul Reaper powers and resumed the life of a normal teenager. But those ordinary days come to an end when Ichigo meets a mysterious man named Kugo Ginjo, who offers to help him get his Soul Reaper powers back - and gives him only a day to decide! Ichigo is dead set against it, until Uryu is injured by an unknown attacker. Ichigo, powerless to help, turns to Ginjo and is introduced to the group Xcution, whose Fullbring powers Ichigo must face in battle if he ever hopes to get strong again!

To support the release of Bleach Series 16 Part 1 on Monday 13th of July, we are pleased to say we have a copy to give away to one lucky fan! Check our competition page now!
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Third Window Films Release Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats on July 13th Mon, 13 Jul 2015

Third Window Films release the gentle and dark comedy Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats today, July 13th, allowing British audiences the chance to dabble in a story of a good-natured broken-hearted guy meeting the girl who destroyed him and finding a degree of solace and understanding through photography. Comedy comes from the weird and wonderful characters who surround the couple.

Here are the details of the DVD release:

Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats

Directed by Yosuke Fujita (Fine, Totally Fine)

Japan / 2014 / 111 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

Starring: Miyuki Oshima (from ‘Morisanchu’ one of Japan’s top comedy troupes)

Asami Mizukawa (Bilocation, Nodame Cantabile)

Yoshiyoshi Arakawa (Fine Totally Fine, Memories of Matsuko, Survive Style 5)


On DVD July 13th


DVD Special Features:

Roundtable discussion with actress Miyuki Oshima, director Yosuke Fujita & producer Adam Torel

Interview with director Yosuke Fujita

Theatrical Trailer


32-year-old Tatsuo Fukuda, nickname “Fuku-chan” (Miyuki Oshima), is a painter who lives in a run-down apartment complex called Fukufuku Flats. He spends his days working up a sweat painting buildings, his nights mediating disputes between the other denizens of Fukufuku Flats, and his days off flying handmade kites down by the riverside.

One day, an unfamiliar woman turns up at Fukufuku Flats. It is Chiho, his first love from his junior high school days who he has not seen for around 20 years, and she has come to apologize for something that happened in their past. As Fuku-chan allows himself to get caught up in Chiho’s quest to become a photographer, he begins to fall in love all over again with this woman who was responsible for the traumatizing incident that led to his fear of women…

Directed and written by Yosuke Fujita
Producers : Adam Torel, Naoko Arai, Keiko Fujimura
Co-producers: Sabrina Baracetti, Thomas Bertacche, Stephan Holl, James Liu
Director of Photography: Yoshihiro Ikeuchi
Sound: Akira Fukada
Set Decoration: Masahide Yoshino
Editor: Zensuke Hori

Fantasia Film Festival – Winner: Best Actress
Japanese Film Professional Assocation – Winner: Best Actress
Fukuoka Film Festival – Winner: Audience Award
Japanese Film Festival Ireland – Winner: Audience Award

New Anime Releases - 12/07/2015 Sun, 12 Jul 2015
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Part II available to pre-order Thu, 9 Jul 2015

The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA is now available to pre-order exclusively from All the Anime.

All the Anime is working with Bandai Visual to import into the UK special collector's editions of the hour-long episode entitled Artesia's Sorrow, having already released the first part, Blue-Eyed Casval earlier this year. It is a Japanese release and so while it will include English subtitles and dub, all extras will be in Japanese. Extras include art books, a storage box and a poster. 

The deadline to order this release is 12pm on Monday 15th September, will be expected to be delivered in November, and will cost £74.99.


Universal Century 0071. Three years have passed since the escape from Side 3's Autonomous Republic of Munzo.

Casval and Artesia, the orphaned children of Zeon Zum Deikun, have fled to Earth along with Jimba Ral and taken refuge in the household of Teabolo Mass. They now live quiet lives under the names Edouard and Sayla. However, they are once again being targeted by the evil schemes of the pursuing Zabi family...

Meanwhile, Side 3 has been renamed the Autonomous Republic of Zeon. The Zabi family have seized power, and as they consolidate their system of control, they embark on the development of a new weapon called the mobile worker in order to resist the Earth Federation Forces.

Review of Episode 1, Blue-Eyed Casval.


New Manga Releases - 23/06/2015 Tue, 23 Jun 2015
Dark Horse manga titles released on ComiXology Mon, 22 Jun 2015

Digital comic book website ComiXology has now released titles from Dark Horse, including their manga titles. These new digital manga feature works from Osamu Tezuka, Shirow Masamune and CLAMP.

Amongst the titles now available to buy and download legally include Appleseed, Astro Boy, Blade of the Immortal, Blood+, Chobits, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Lone Wolf and Cub, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Rising Project, Oh My Goddess!, Old Boy, Path of the Assassin and Samurai Executioner. There Korean manhwa Bride of the Water God is also available.

Will you be buying any of their titles?

New Anime Releases - 21/06/2015 Sun, 21 Jun 2015
New DMP Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter project - Storm Fairy Tue, 16 Jun 2015

Digital Manga Publishing's latest step in their plan to crowdfund the manga of Osamu Tezuka is to bring out his shojo series Storm Fairy.

Seeking a target of $14,200 by 16th July, Storm Fairy is a collection of three tales: the first of which is a fairy story about an Empress who enters a deal with a fairy, the price of which is that the Empress must give up the face of her next born child. The second story, "Kokeshi Detective Agency" follows a character called Paco who solves mysteries with her canine companion Waco. The third story, a fairy named Pink who can morph into anything she wants tries to make people happy, while the evil King Brown and Sepia try to make people miserable.

The project has two stretch goals. One is to restock Unico, which DMP had previous released via an earlier Kickstarter project. The other is to release a print version of Tezuka's adaptation of Crime and Punishment.


Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter, Internet Rejoices Tue, 16 Jun 2015

A Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue 3 has been launched to bring to life the dreams of millions of gamers.


The goal for the game is $2 million and it reached $1 million in just a few hours, the fastest game to achieve that feat!


Shenmue 3 was announced during Sony’s E3 conference which saw other notable titles like Final Fantasy VII remake and The Last Guardian. At the time of writing it is around 67% funded having reached $1,458,981 with 17,205 people backing it. With 31 days to go it is expected that the game will smash its target due to the fierce loyalty of fans who have waited 14 years for a sequel to the classic Dreamcast game Shenmue II and the continuation of Ryo Hazuki’s epic journey from Japan to China.

Yu Suzuki, creative genius behind Shenmue has this message on the Kickstarter page:

Since the release of Shenmue 2, now 14 years ago, I have been greeted by the passionate outpouring of dedicated fans and Shenmue community members wherever I go. They all want to know one thing: “When will Shenmue 3 be coming out?” With the advent of games using Kickstarter during these past few years, the new and now frequent demand from the fans has been, “Do a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!” 

If Shenmue 3 was going to get made, I wanted to make it with the fans. Through Kickstarter, I knew that could happen. Together, with Shenmue fans everywhere, I knew we could build the game that the series deserves.

If we do not reach our funding goal, Shenmue 3 will not go forward. I know that the goal of making Shenmue 3 with the fans, and seeing Shenmue in the hands of gamers all around the world is a lofty one. We are balancing our ambitions for a grand sequel with the pragmatic realities of developing a game of this scale. It will not be easy, but I have dreamed of making this sequel for 14 years – it is time to bring Shenmue back! And to make it come true, it will need the love and support from each and every one of you!

So please join us in making Shenmue 3 – let us grow our community and build a new, exciting Shenmue experience.

The game will be released for the PS4 and PC and there is the launch date of December 2017. You can back the Kickstarter here.


New Manga Releases - 16/06/2015 Tue, 16 Jun 2015

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