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Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Competition Fri, 24 Oct 2014


To celebrate the release of Street Fighter: Assasin's Fist on DVD & Blu-Ray on Monday 27th October we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away, plus 2 randomly selected Manga UK DVD and/or Blu-Ray titles!

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist tells the origin story of Street Fighter's most famous duo, Ryu and Ken. Learning the way of the warrior at the secluded dojo of martial arts master Gouken, the pair are the last practitioners of an ancient fighting style known as Ansatsuken - 'The Assassin’s Fist'. But the Ansatsuken style hides a dark and tragic secret; a legacy that is about to catch up with Ryu and Ken.

Fists fly and kicks rain down in this thrilling and faithful evocation of the Street Fighter universe, created by true devotees of Capcom's classic fighting game series. Action movie fans will love the scintillating fight scenes, jaw-dropping martial arts and compelling storyline; lifelong Street Fighter players will also adore how true Assassin's Fist stays to the videogame's lore.

Available to order from Amazon UK today

Check out our Competitions page for how to enter!

Related: Manga Ent.
22/10/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Tue, 21 Oct 2014
East Winds Film Festival 2014 Preview Mon, 20 Oct 2014

The East Winds Film Festival which takes place in Coventry is one of the biggest showcases for East Asian films outside of London. From October 31st to November 02nd, audiences will have the chance to experience a great line-up of films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Japan.

Here are the films which will be shown. Click on the films to get taken to the festival page for more information:

Friday, October 31st

7PM Partners in Crime

Three teenage boys come across the body of a classmate who has just committed suicide. Although they never really knew her, the circumstances of her suicide strike them as suspicious and so they investigate her death which leads to dark secrets…

9PM Greatful Dead

The story follows Nami, a young woman with a dysfunctional childhood who is a peeping tom who spies on old men who have gone crazy from loneliness. One particular old man provides great entertainment for her Nami. When some Christian missionaries promise to bring him happiness, Nami takes drastic steps… This black-comedy will be getting a UK release courtesy of Third Window Films later this year.

 

Saturday, November 01st

1PM Lust of Angels

This film has been feature on Anime UK News when we recently brought information of the New Directors from Japan DVD that Third Window Films held a Kickstarter campaign for. The DVD will soon be released, and this is a great opportunity for people to view the action on the big screen. The story starts when Saori, a schoolgirl, is molested on the notorious “molester train” of the Hanagawa line and rescued by another school girl who witnesses the act. The girl is a transfer student named Yuriko and dark rumours swirl around her. As Saori begins to orbit Yuriko, shocking events happen…

2PM Laddaland,

This looks to be a cross between Ju-On and Amityville and is supposedly based on the real story. It starts when a father takes his family to a luxurious residential development called Laddaland. When a Burmese maid dies, a ghost shows up and dark secrets are revealed.

4PM Z Storm

Z Storm is a crime thriller about an anti-corruption investigator who sees what should have been an airtight case against a cop and a money laundering accountant fail spectacularly. It turns out that they are the minions of a wealthy financial tycoon and that the corruption is bigger than he expected.

7PM The Swimmers

This is a school-based horror which starts with a love-triangle between two members of the swim team and a girl and it ends in death. When the girl is found at the bottom of the school pool it turns out that she is pregnant. One of the boys has a guilty conscience and the other is angry and desperate to find out why she committed suicide.

9PM A Record of Sweet Murder

In this Japanese/South Korean co-production a reporter named Kim So-yeon is contacted by a childhood friend named Park Sang-joon. He has recently escaped a mental hospital where he was locked up for murdering eighteen people. At the risk of possible harm, she takes him up on the offer of getting an exclusive story behind the killing spree. When she find him he explains to her that he has been hearing the voice of God and has been promised a “miracle” if he kills twenty-five people. Kim So-yeon soon finds herself caught up in his madness since he is a few shy of his final target...

 

Sunday, November 02nd

1:30PM Live @ Love

After a lot of horror films, the third day is more light-hearted beginning with this Taiwanese crime comedy about an experienced detective and her inexperienced but handsome assistant investigating a murder.

4PM Bugs 3D

Giant bugs in 3D! This Chinese film takes inspiration from Hollywood B-movie pictures from the 60s and 70s. It all starts with scientists create bugs that provide high-quality protein at a low-cost. They are also deadly killers and so it should come as no surprise that they escape and start hunting humans. As is usually the case, some silly holiday makers decide to investigate…

6PM Wonder Mama

Ah-Oi is a 49-year-old librarian who lives with her parents and 30-year-old unemployed son. Her husband is missing but life isn’t too tough and she is looking forward to retiring. Then she learns her teenage maid has been impregnated by her 70-year old father. With her parents' set to divorce at on old age and her home life falling apart, Ah-Oi finds her peace shattered.

8PM The Teacher's Diary

This comedy-drama has been selected as Thailand’s official entry into the Oscars' foreign-language division and follows the intertwining stories of two lonely teachers posted to the same rural school a year apart from each other. When Sukrit "Bie" Wisetkaew is given work at a remote floating schoolhouse out in the middle of nowhere, he finds an illustrated diary left by his predecessor, the headstrong and opinionated Ann and, as he reads it, he slowly falls in love with her and begins to add entries of his own. When he leaves, Ann returns and finds that her battered diary has been expanded upon. Even though the two have never met, a bond is formed.

The full schedule and tickets are now available at www.eastwindsfilmfest.com.

First Details of latest Tezuka crowdfunding project from DMP Sun, 19 Oct 2014

Digital Manga Publishing has announced the first details of the latest of the projects to crowdfund the works of Osamu Tezuka.

Writing on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, the DMP accounts said: 

- Project Code BBK = Big Bang Kickstarter! Prep ya funds & be ready! It's a BIG one, ya won't be prepared enough.

- 3 goals total 2 are stretch goals. 50+ possible rewards (includes limited edition goods) w/ 20+ tiers to pick from

- Kickstarter is for 6 Tezuka Series = Grand total of 31 vols.
Initial Goal: Publishing 3-Eyed One + Rainbow Parakeet.
1st Stretch Goal: Publishing Wonder 3 + Alabaster
2nd Stretch Goal: TBA on DMP Twitter on Oct. 19 @10am PST [Pacific Standard Time – 18.00 BST]

This will be latest in a string of successful Kickstarter campaigns to release the works of the "Godfather of Manga" into English. Previously DMP have crowdfunded the release of Swallowing the Earth, Barbara, Unico, Atomcat, Triton of the Sea and Captain Ken.

Source: Facebook and Twitter

New Anime Releases 20/10/2014 Sun, 19 Oct 2014
Dreamworks Approach Scarlett Johansson For Ghost In The Shell Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Earlier this year, it was reported that Dreamworks were eyeing The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie for the possible lead role in their upcoming live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga. However, according to Deadline, those talks didn't end as positively as DreamWorks had hoped. So instead, apparently DreamWorks have shifted their attention to one of the biggest women in cinema at the moment.

Ever since she appeared in Marvel Studios' Iron Man 2 as the super spy Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff, Scarlett Johansson has become a househould name and apparently, DreamWorks are looking for her to appear as the movie's lead character, who is most likely their version of Major Motoko Kusanagi, as they have offered her the role for $10 Million. 

What do you think of the idea of Scarlett Johansson as The Major?

DreamWork's Ghost in the Shell is currently set to be directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), with a script written by William Wheeler (The HoaxThe Reluctant Fundamentalist).

MVM's The Garden of Sinners Release Date Pushed Back Wed, 15 Oct 2014

On 27th October, MVM Entertainment were set to release a complete DVD collection of The Garden of Sinners, a series of eight movies based on a series of light novels by Kinoku Nasu (Fate/stay night). Today however, the distributor took to Twitter to announce that as a result of the release's rigid artbox taking longer to print than expected, the release date has been pushed back to 24th November.

MVM's release of ufotable's acclaimed film series is set to include all eight films in the aforementioned rigid art box, as well as a 36 page colour booklet and 14 postcards.

MVM describes the series as the following:

After spending two years in a coma due to a traffic accident, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. In turn, however, she finds that she has also obtained the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception," with which she can see the invisible lines of mortality that hold every living and non-living thing together. Working for a small independent agency, Shiki attempts to unravel the baffling mystery behind a series of abnormal, horrifying incidents, but do they foreshadow something even more tragic and ominous?

Things are not what they appear to be on the surface, but what dark revelations lie underneath? Shiki must tackle supernatural incidents with her special abilities while searching for a reason to live.

Source

13/10/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 13 Oct 2014
Live Action Black Butler UK Release Update Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Last week saw Anime UK News receive official confirmation that Black Butler is getting a release in cinemas across the UK on October 17th and today sees another update on the locations. The film will play at a variety of cinemas in the UK and locations screening the film include:

Cineworld Enfield, Crawley, Sheffield, West India Quay, Glasgow RS, Cardiff, Stevenage, Bolton - more tbc.

Here are the times the film will be screened:

Cineworld Bolton
20:20 (17th - 23rd)

Cineworld Cardiff
17:30 (Fri 17th - Tue 21st)
20:50 (Wed 22nd & Thu 23rd)

Cineworld Crawley
20:10 (17th - 22nd)
20:15 (23rd)

Cineworld Glasgow (Renfrew Street)
21:45 (17th - 21st)
18:30 (22nd & 23rd)

Cineworld Sheffield
11:30 14:25 17:15 20:05 23:00 (17th & 18th)
11:30 14:25 17:15 20:05 (19th, 20th & 21st)
11:30 21:00 (22nd & 23rd)

Cineworld Stevenage
21:35 (17th - 23rd)

These locations tally up with the ones that eagle-eyed AUKN forumite NormanicGrav posted in the discussion thread, Another observant forumite, GolGotha, also revealed that AMC Cinema in Manchester will also screen the film.

Also released today was the official UK poster:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A UK trailer was revealed last week as well as more details on the production and the film's story. Here is the original post:

Synopsis

The year is 2020 and the action happens in an Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures mix. A young woman named Shiori (Ayame Gouriki) is the orphaned head of the Genpo noble family, owners of a massive toy manufacturing enterprise. Since only males can take over the reins of power in the Genpo family, she must pass herself off as a man and so she wears male clothes and takes on the name Kiyoharu Genpo. On top of running the company, she also functions as a secret watchdog for the Queen, a service that her family has provided for generations.

Shiori is assigned the task of investigating the disappearance of young women and an ongoing serial murder case in which the mummified bodies of various dignitaries are discovered. The only clue left at the crime scenes is a strange tarot card. On the card is a “black invitation” that leads to a deadly world and it may be connected to the deaths of Shiori’s parents. When Shiori receives such an invitation and she finds herself put in peril she summons a demonic butler from hell named Sebastian (Hiro Mizushima). He is an incredibly deadly and beautiful supernatural servant who possesses many skills and traits such as impeccable manners, grace, knowledge, martial arts, and good looks. He will watch over her as they play out their master/servant relationship in the hunt for who sent out the invitations.

As payment for serving Shiori, Sebastian will receive his master’s soul. For Shiori, this is her chance to achieve revenge for the murder of her parents. Who is really behind the serial mummification deaths? Will Shiori finally find out who killed her parents?

The film is based upon the manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and is directed by Kentaro Otani of the NANA series, and Keiichi Sato of Asura (2012). It has been given a 15 certificate and will be the Japanese language version with English subtitles.

The film is based upon the manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and released in the west by Yen Press. The manga has been massively popular and spawned three TV anime, two of which are available in the UK via Manga Entertainment. There are some changes to the original story but it looks like the live action movie stays close to the source. The manga was set in Victorian England while the live action movie version is set 130 years in the future. The main character of the manga, Ciel Phantomhive, has been replaced in the movie by a new one named Shiori who is played by Ayame Gouriki (Akemi Ninomiya in the hilarious drama series Watashi no Kirai na Tantei). The role of the demonic butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is played by Hiro Mizushima (Ryusuke in BECK).

New Anime Releases 13/10/2014 Sun, 12 Oct 2014
Yen Press Announces New Manga Licenses Fri, 10 Oct 2014

At the New York Comic Con in North America, the manga and light novel publisher Yen Press revealed their latest manga acquisitions, revealing nine titles that they hope to begin releasing in 2015:

The biggest name of the bunch is no doubt Chuya Kogino's A Certain Magical Index manga adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi's light novel series, which Yen Press will begin releasing this November. Yen Press' official synopsis of the series is as follows:

Some guys get all the luck. And then there's Touma Kamijou - he gets NONE of the luck. He might live in Academy City, a place full of more super powered students than you can shake a stick at, but his only superpower is his supernatural lack of ability. All Kamijou wants is to keep a love profile, but when a nun named Index comes into his life, it gets more complicated and more dangerous than ever!

Seven Seas Entertainment have been releasing Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa's spin-off manga A Certain Scientific Railgun since 2011.

Yen Press' other new license acquisitions are:

Alice in Murderland by Kaori Yuki

The Mad Tea Party...To members of the elite house of Kuonji, a clan whose name has incredible pull all over the world, this monthly gathering is the only tried and true (not to mention mandatory) family tradition. But one such family reunion brings with it some unexpected and horrific news for the nine Kuonji siblings, and it comes straight from the lips of their mother Olga. To become the next head of their illustrious family, the siblings must fight each other to the death! As chaos erupts, Stella, the fourth daughter, loses it, and suddenly a whole new Stella, complete with blonde hair and blue dress, comes out to play?!

Chaika - The Coffin Princess by Shinta Sakayama

Five years of inconceivable peace after two hundred years of war leaves erstwhile soldier Tooru Acura without a job or meaning in life—until he saves a mysterious sorceress with a coffin on her back. But when the coffin-wielding, silver-haired Chaika Trabant hires Tooru and his sister, Akari, to accompany her on a death-defying journey, Tooru's life of mind-numbing, meaningless peace is about to end!

Emma by Kaoru Mori (which will be reprinted in 2-1 omnibus editions)

Calling upon his inimitable former governess one day, young aristocrat William Jones is startled to find his knock on her door answered by an astute, bespectacled maid—Emma From that moment forward, the two are drawn to each other and slowly but surely grow ever closer. But as the love between Emma and William builds, so too do the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. For in Victorian London, some things are simply not done, and marrying outside of one's social class just happens to be one such taboo! Set against a backdrop of Victorian England that comes to life with painstaking detail, Kaoru Mori's Emma is a period classic that is not to be missed!

First Love Monster by Akira Hiyoshimaru

When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kaho's mystery savior, Kanade, is the son of Kaho's new landlord! The handsome object of Kaho's affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short-lived when it turns out that her new boyfriend...is a fifth-grader?!

Is It Wrong To Try And Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? by Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda

Bell Cranel is just trying to find his way in the world. Of course, in his case, the “world” is an enormous dungeon filled with monsters below a city run by gods and goddesses with way too much time on their hands. He's got big dreams but not much more when a roll on the random encounter die brings him face-to-face with the girl of his dreams—but what's an amateur adventurer got to offer a brilliant swordswoman? And what if the lonely goddess who sponsors his solo adventuring gets jealous...?!

Prison School by Akira Hiramoto

Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?!

Trinity Seven by Kenji Saito and Akinari Nao.

Arata Kasuga transfers to the Royal Biblia Academy to solve the mystery of the destruction that is ravaging the world and—more importantly—has stolen his cousin Hijiri from him. It's a tough road that lies ahead of Arata, but nothing's impossible when you have seven beautiful girls—each a master of her own magical art — at your side!

Source

Related: Yen Press
Hatsune Miku Appearing At Hyper Japan Christmas Market Fri, 10 Oct 2014

After Hatsune Miku made a guest performance on the U.S.'s Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week, there's no doubt that the Vocaloid sub-culture is invading the west! After holding 3D hologram concerts in various countries across the world, the organisers of next month's Hyper Japan Christmas Market have now confirmed that, with huge thanks to the volunteer group Mirai no Neiro and licensor Crypton for giving permission, ateendees will be able to enjoy a concert from everyone's favourite virtual idol!

Throughout the event's three day run, there will be multiple half-hour long 3D screenings that will be proceeded by short talks about the history and cultural significance of vocaloid. Screenings will be limited to a capacity of 100 people, but there will be many during the course of the event, with exact timeslots to be announced soon.

The event will also have "community tables" near the screening room where fans will be able to get together and take part in vocaloid-related activities and competitions. 

Source

Tokyo Ghoul:re Manga Announced Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Sui Ishida is set to launch a new series called Tokyo Ghoul:re in the 46th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine as revealed by the cover. The previous issue of the magazine teased, "The legend has a beginning. If you bear witness to this beginning, it will be a moment you will never forget as long as you live!!"

 

Sui Ishida’s fantasy-horror manga originally followed Ken Kaneki, a university student who finds himself being attacked by a "ghoul", a human-like creature with a hunger for human flesh. He is only saved by an accident that leaves the ghoul dead and Kaneki with serious injuries. Following the incident he discovers that the organs of the ghoul were transplanted into his body, making him a half-human/half-ghoul hybrid.

Tokyo Ghoul was originally launched in 2011 in Weekly Young Jump before moving to Young Jump where it finished in September, 2014. The manga was turned into a 12 episode anime by Pierrot, directed by Shuhei Morita. The anime has been renewed for a second season which will air in January.

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Related: Tokyo Ghoul
Manga Entertainment to release first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Thu, 9 Oct 2014

Manga Entertainment has listed "The Official First Season" of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the gaming manga and anime which spawned one of the biggest trading card games, for a DVD release on 17th November.

The Manga Entertainment website is using the same DVD cover art as the American release. If this is the case, it would appear that this release would be of the 2000 series, known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, which is actually the second series based on the original manga. The first series of 27 episodes was released in 1998 and has never been given an English-language release. The US DVD release of "The Official First Season" was available as a dub only.

Synopsis

Yu-Gi-Oh! follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi and his friends who love the newest card game that is sweeping the nation! In this game, players pit monster against monster in high intensity duels. But there's more to this game than meets the eye. Yugi solves an old Egyptian puzzle that infuses him with the energy of an ancient spirit. Their forces unite to form a stronger, more confident duelist, for Yugi needs all the help he can get!

Sources: Manga UK and Anime News Network.

Related: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Manga Ent.
Live Action Black Butler UK Release Trailer Wed, 8 Oct 2014

Anime UK News got a major scoop last month when we revealed that Black Butler would be getting a release in cinemas across the UK on October 17th and a UK trailer has been released today to show what audiences will get to enjoy.

 

Synopsis

The year is 2020 and the action happens in an Asian city where Eastern and Western cultures mix. A young woman named Shiori (Ayame Gouriki) is the orphaned head of the Genpo noble family, owners of a massive toy manufacturing enterprise. Since only males can take over the reins of power in the Genpo family, she must pass herself off as a man and so she wears male clothes and takes on the name Kiyoharu Genpo. On top of running the company, she also functions as a secret watchdog for the Queen, a service that her family has provided for generations.

Shiori is assigned the task of investigating the disappearance of young women and an ongoing serial murder case in which the mummified bodies of various dignitaries are discovered. The only clue left at the crime scenes is a strange tarot card. On the card is a “black invitation” that leads to a deadly world and it may be connected to the deaths of Shiori’s parents. When Shiori receives such an invitation and she finds herself put in peril she summons a demonic butler from hell named Sebastian (Hiro Mizushima). He is an incredibly deadly and beautiful supernatural servant who possesses many skills and traits such as impeccable manners, grace, knowledge, martial arts, and good looks. He will watch over her as they play out their master/servant relationship in the hunt for who sent out the invitations.

As payment for serving Shiori, Sebastian will receive his master’s soul. For Shiori, this is her chance to achieve revenge for the murder of her parents. Who is really behind the serial mummification deaths? Will Shiori finally find out who killed her parents?

The film is based upon the manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and is directed by Kentaro Otani of the NANA series, and Keiichi Sato of Asura (2012). The details known about the release so far are that the film has been given a 15 certificate and will be the Japanese language version with English subtitles. The film is based upon the manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and released in the west by Yen Press. The manga has been massively popular and spawned three TV anime, two of which are available in the UK via Manga Entertainment. There are some changes to the original story but it looks like the live action movie stays close to the source. The manga was set in Victorian England while the live action movie version is set 130 years in the future. The main character of the manga, Ciel Phantomhive, has been replaced in the movie by a new one named Shiori who is played by Ayame Gouriki (Akemi Ninomiya in the hilarious drama series Watashi no Kirai na Tantei). The role of the demonic butler, Sebastian Michaelis, is played by Hiro Mizushima (Ryusuke in BECK).

Stay tuned to Anime UK News for more information.

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