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Ghost In The Shell To Be Shown At Picture House Cinemas This September Tue, 29 Jul 2014

On 29th September, Manga Entertainment UK will be rereleasing Mamoru Oshii's iconic 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell in special, fancy steelbook packaging (with a bonus 22-page booklet). Unlike the release of Ghost in the Shell 2.0 which featured a controversial remaster, this upcoming release will use the HD master of the original theatrical feature.

To celebrate this highly anticipating release, Manga Entertainment UK will be teaming up with the Arts Picture House to offer a limited theatrical run from 27th September. 

You can pre-order the upcoming steelbook release for £24 from Amazon.

Information on 2014 Manga Jiman Comeptition Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Information for this year’s Manga Jiman competition has been released by the Embassy of Japan. Here is some of the info on the site:

The Embassy of Japan in the UK is once again launching our manga-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2014, with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Now in its 8th year, MANGA JIMAN can be translated as 'having pride in manga' and the Embassy of Japan is proud to offer this opportunity to UK manga creators.

In an exciting twist to the competition, this year will see the introduction of a separate category for those aged between 11 and 13 to create yonkoma manga (a story told in 4 comic strip panels on one page). This will be a great chance for young manga creators to hone their skills.

For anyone aged 14 or over, we will continue our search for the best story told across 6-8 pages with superb prizes up for grabs.

Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story referring to this years theme 一期一会 (ichi-go ichi-e) which can be translated as a once-in-a-lifetime meeting or a chance encounter.

The first prize is two return tickets to Japan while the second prize is a Toshiba laptop computer. Third prize nets the winner a Ricoh digital camera and runners up will receive a selection of gifts such as manga. The winners’ work will be isplayed in a special exhibition at the embassy.

To enter, fill out and submit the official application form along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2014 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT. All entries must be in before 5pm Monday, 03 November 2014.          

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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film and Fate/stay night details announced Sun, 27 Jul 2014

For a while now, it's been known that ufotable will begin broadcasting their own anime adaptation of Type-Moon's visual novel Fate/stay night this October, following on from the success of their 2011 adaptation of Gen Urobuchi's Fate/Zero light novel prequel series. At an event in Tokyo earlier today, the staff behind the series confirmed a few details about the upcoming series:

  • This new series will follow the Unlimited Blade Works route of the original game, which was also adapted into a theatrical feature by Studio DEEN in 2010.
  • The series will begin broadcasting on 4th October 2014 and like Fate/Zero, will be split into two halves. The second half will begin in April 2015.
  • The opening theme will be "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano, while the ending theme will be performed by Kalafina.

Aniplex have also updated a brand new trailer for the series to their YouTube channel:

They also revealed that a theatrical feature based on Fate/stay night's "Heaven's Feel" route has also been green-lit. The Heaven's Feel route focuses on Sakura Matoi, who despite not being supposed to enter the Holy Grail War, finds herself being a key player when a relationship with Shiro causes her inner passion and mental restraints to go berserk. A trailer for Fate stay night: Heaven's Feel was also released:

MVM Entertainment released both the original Fate/stay night anime and Fate/Zero in the United Kingdom, while MangaUK released the original Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works movie.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Udon Entertainment and Kodansha USA Reveal Manga Licenses Sun, 27 Jul 2014

This weekend, the city of San Diego, California in the United States held host to the annual San Diego Comic Con event. While the event is known for celebrating American comics such as those from Marvel and DC, it does also carry a large following of anime and manga companies, as well as the fans of those mediums. Several manga distributors are holding panels throughout the event and we have learned of some of their new licenses:

Kodansha USA:

Manga:

Let's Dance a Waltz by Natsumi Ando.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Miki Yoshikawa.

Udon Entertainment:

Manga:

Kill la Kill by Kazuki Nakashima (story) and Akizuki (art). Slated for release in 2015.

Katamari by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro. First volume due out in December 2014.

New "Manga Classics" titles including Jane Austen's Emma, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter.

Artbooks:

The Art of Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Due for release in 2015.

Border Break Artworks 2006-2012

Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Sketchbook

Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka Character Illustrations

Record of Agarest War: Heroines Visual Book and Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book

Shining Blade & Ark

The World of Professor Layton. Due for release in 2015.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art by Kazuki Takahashi

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Manga UK Release Psycho-Pass DVD and Blu-ray on 1st September Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Anime UK News has recently received confirmation that Manga Entertainment will release the complete series 1 collection of Psycho-Pass on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on Monday, September 01st, 2014.

Here are the details:

A thrilling, futuristic and gripping new crime drama brought to you by Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell, Blood-C, The End Of Evangelion) that echoes hard-hitting film and TV series such as Minority Report, Judge Dredd and The Tomorrow People.

Brace yourself for a hardboiled, sci-fi thriller from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell. Welcome to a world where just thinking about a crime is enough to enough to make you guilty. Bad intentions can no longer be hidden, and the police know exactly which tainted minds are about to cross over to the wrong side of the law. The great equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the risk that a citizen will turn criminal. Cops work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, Inspectors stop their partners from going rogue, and the all-powerful Sibyl System keeps a watchful eye on us all. Society is paralyzed by its deepest, darkest desires, and trial by jury has been replaced by the wrath of the Dominator. Welcome to the future. How guilty are you? Contains episodes 1-22.

Extras include:

Episode 5 commentary, Textless Opening Song “abnormalize”, Textless Closing Song “Namae No Nai Kaibutsu”, Episode 11 commentary, Psycho-Pass at Sakura Con Part 1, U.S. Trailer

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Anime Limited Reveal Q4 Slate Thu, 24 Jul 2014

For a while now, one of the big questions has been "What titles will Anime Limited release before the year is over?". While we've seen a stream of releases throughout the year, the last quarter has been shrouded in mystery. Today however, Anime Limited have finally confirmed their tentative Q4 slate - there's one title to still be confirmed and another to even be announced, but even without them it includes highly anticipated releases such as Gurren Lagann and Space Dandy! The full list is as follows:

October 2014:

Blood Lad - This series will be released as both a DVD and a blu-ray collectors edition. The release will include the OVA, with the blu-ray collector's edition also coming in rigid packaging and containing a 96-page booklet. The RRP of the DVD release is £34.99, while the blu-ray is priced at £49.99.

HAL - This 2013 science fiction film will be available as a DVD/blu-ray combi-pack which will be in ridgid collector's packaging and include a 20-page booklet.

Patema Inverted - After a limited theatrical run earlier this year, Anime Limited will be releasing the movie as a regular barebones combi-pack (which has an RRP of £24.99) and a collector's edition (£34.99). Extremely limited quanitites of the Ultimate Edition will be available exclusively on All The Anime's store and Amazon for £84.99.

November:

Space Dandy - The first season of Shinichiro Watanabe's latest space-set series will be available both on DVD and blu-ray exclusively as collector's editions that will include a 116 page art booklet. The DVD set has an RRP of £49.99, while the blu-ray's price has been set at £69.99.

Wings of Honneamise - This classic animated movie will be available as a standalone DVD for £17.99, as well as a £34.99 combi-pack collector's edition that contains a 20 page booklet and other extras that will be announced in the future. 

December:

Kill la Kill Volume 1 (TENTATIVE) - Although confirmation is still pending from Aniplex, Anime Limited is hoping to have the first volume of Studio Trigger's adrenaline-fueled anime released by the end of the year, 

Mystery Film - No, that isn't the title. It's a license that Anime Limited have yet to announce. Subtitled and dubbed theatrical showings for this mystery film will take place in October November before a £19.99 DVD release and a £34.99 collector's edition combi-pack will be released in December.

Of course, this list is subject to change at any time (and Andrew even teased that there might be additions to the schedule) and if there are any, you'll be able to read about them here as and when they happen!

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Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann added to Netflix UK! Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Over the last couple of weeks in the UK anime scene, there has been a lot of discussion over the impact of video demand services such as Crunchyroll, Lovefilm and Netflix and whether they will be future for niche mediums like anime in the future.

A small number of anime series' and movies are currently available on the service and today, Anime Limited revealed on Facebook that two of their most highly anticipated licenses have been added to the line-up: Studio Trigger's 2013 hit Kill la Kill and Gainax's 2007 classic Gurren Lagann! Both series' are directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima.

Gurren Lagann is available in both English dubbed and Japanese subtitled formats, while Kill la Kill can currently only be viewed in the original Japanese language (with English subtitles).

Anime Limited will be releasing Gurren Lagann as a collector's "Ultimate Edition" on 1st September, with a regular DVD and blu-ray release to follow in October. They will also be releasing Kill la Kill in the near future.

2015 Doraemon Film Trailer Thu, 24 Jul 2014

A new Doraemon movie is going to be released next year and a trailer showing some space action has been released.

The next Doraemon movie is scheduled for a theatrical release in March 2015 and it runs under the name Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Hero Record of Space Heroes (Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki).

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Dragon Ball Z 2015 Movie Teaser Wed, 23 Jul 2014

A Dragon Ball Z movie will be released next year and footage was released yesterday on Fuji TV’s Mezamashi TV programme.

 

The teaser video contains footage of Goku powering up into a Super Saiyan and shots of Shenron, the eternal Dragon. Dragon Ball Z fans will also recognise Hironobu Kageyama singing the famous Cha-La Head-Cha-La theme tune.

What we know about the project so far is that it has an original concept, screenplay and character designs from Akira Toriyama and that it will be directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, a man familiar with the franchise due to his experience working as an animation director and in other capacities for many Dragon Ball Z film and TV titles. This new film is expected to get a release next April/May during Japanese Golden Week.

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Space Dandy Director Shingo Natsume To Attend Scotland Comic Con Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Earlier this week, MCM Expo confirmed a new special guest for the Scotland Comic Con, which will be taking place at the SECC in Glasgow between 6-7th September. He was involved in the key animation of notable anime series' such as Fullmetal Alchemist BrotherhoodGurren Lagann and The Tatami Galaxy (where he also served as an episode director) and is currently helming the science fiction comedy series Space Dandy with Shinichiro Watanabe.

Shingo Natsume will be attending the event on both days of the weekend, as well as holding a panel on the Saturday.

If you would like more information on MCM Scotland, don't hesitate to visit the official website.

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Japan Foundation Screens Films in August Tue, 22 Jul 2014

The Japan Foundation has organised a series of free screenings from August 9th - 22nd. The films are a mixture of live-action and anime films which range from comedy to period drama. Here’s a list with some trailers for and clips from the films:

  • Saturday, 9 August, 2pm
    After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles)

A drama set in the Edo period and tells of the blossoming romance between Ito, the daughter a of a clan official, and a low ranking samurai. Can their romance be?

  • Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm
    Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles)

Barefoot Gen tells the harrowing story of six-year-old Gen Nakaoka and his family who survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and see the results of the event.

  • Friday, 15 August, 2pm
    Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Dir. Keiichi Hara, 2002, 95 mins, English subtitles)

Naughty school boy Shin Chan and his hapless an dysfunctional family travel back in time to the Sengoku period. Could he rewrite history?

  • Friday, 15 August, 6:30pm
    Waterboys (Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi, 2001, 91 min, English subtitles)

The much-loved tale about a female teacher who creates a synchronised swimming team at a boy’s school. Five different pupils must work together to create a performance in time for the school’s festival.

  • Saturday, 16 August, 2pm
    Bushido Sixteen (Dir. Tomoyuki Furumaya, 2010, 109 mins, English subtitles)

Kaori Isoyama is an elite kendo champion who has trained under her strict father’s guidance since the young age of three. When she is defeated by the more nonchalant Sanae at middle school, she becomes intent on fighting back and winning her honour! When she meets Sanae at high school and on the same kendo team, Kaori challenges her and the two embark upon an awkward rivalry/friendship full of swordplay and, surprisingly for both, laughter.

  • Saturday, 16 August, 6:30pm
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Dir. David Gelb, 2011, 81 mins, English subtitles)

 

85 year-old Jiron Ono may run a tiny restaurant in a subway station but he is considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world. This American documentary takes a look at the life of Jiro and his work.

  • Friday, 22 August, 2pm
    Chibi Maruko-chan (Dir. Tsutomu Shibayama, 1990, 94 mins, English subtitles)

Nine-year old Momoko Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan) may not be as well known as other Japanese school girl protagonists in the west but her antics have won the hearts of many in Japan and this film gives a good example of what has made her so poplar as she gets into mischief to reunite two best friends.

The film will be introduced by Helen McCarthy.

  • Friday, 22 August, 6:30pm
    Hotel Hibiscus (Dir. Yuji Nakae, 2003, 92 min, English subtitles)

Hotel Hibiscus is a smallm run down one room family-run hotel in Okinawa. When Mieko’s older brother and sister leave the island to start new lives, she goes on a journey to scover her cultural roots.

The films will be available to view at The Japan Foundation, London, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH from August 9th – 22nd, 2014. The event is free to attend but places are limited and must be reserved for the event. To book your place you must email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

For more information, visit the Japan Foundation website.

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