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Lupin IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone trailer released, story outlined Fri, 18 Apr 2014

In 2011, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine became the first new television anime project based on Monkey Punch's original manga in 27 years and recently, it was announced that the origin story will be receiving a Takeshi Koike (Redline) directed spin-off with Lupin IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone, a 51-minute feature that will be receive a limited screening in Tokyo in June.

Today, the first trailer and story details were officially released, confirming that the Yuuya Takahashi (Tiger & Bunny) helmed story will centre on Arséne Lupin III and his partner-in-crime Daisuke Jigen infiltrating East Doroa to obtain a treasure known as the Little Comet. During their getaway however, Jigen is targetted by the assassin Yael Okuzaki, who is known to prepare the gravestones for every target he intends to kill - gravestones that he always manages to fill.

The trailer can be viewed below:

Manga Entertainment UK released Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United Kingdom.

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No Matter How I Look At It, This License Announcement Is Popular Thu, 17 Apr 2014

UPDATE: MVM have also confirmed that they will be releasing Kamisama Kiss in the United Kingdom on DVD.

Last Summer, TV Tokyo aired the Silver Link animated TV anime adaptation of Nico Tanigawa's comedy manga No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular (more popularly known as Watamote). The series follows fifteen year old Tomoko Kuroki, who has a grim outlook on life and a sometimes deranged desire to be popular through her various attempts at trying to increase her popularity.

The twelve episode anime was simulcast by Crunchyroll as it aired before being licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and now, a UK distributor has stepped up to give Tomoko some of the attention she craves so much.

Although a release date or format could not be confirmed at this time, distributor MVM Films have confirmed that they have licensed the series for release in the United Kingdom.

Yen Press are currently releasing the original manga in English speaking territories.

"When Marnie Was There" Leads Announced Wed, 16 Apr 2014

A while back, the critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning animation studio Studio Ghibli announced that they will be releasing an animated movie based on Joan G. Robinson's novel When Marnie Was There, which will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty) and is currently scheduled to be released in Japan this summer.

Today, the two leads roles were revealed with two newcomers to animation making their debuts - with Sara Takatsuki (Daily Lives of High School Boys live-action movie) taking on the role of Anna, with Kasumi Arimura voicing the titular Marnie.

The North American singer and songwriter Priscilla Ahn has also been announced as performing the movie's main theme "Fine On The Outside", which marks the first time Studio Ghibli has featured a theme where the only spoken language is English as the main theme of one of their features.

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14/04/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 14 Apr 2014
New Anime Releases 13/04/2014 Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Anime Weekend at BFI to feature Patema Inverted and more! Tue, 8 Apr 2014

Every two years, the British Film Institute hosts the Anime Weekend, where they show off some of the best Japanese animated movies over the course of a long weekend, so it comes as no surprise that they will be returning again between 16th-18th May to give UK anime fans the opportunity to see a total of seven movies (and three UK premieres) - ranging from superheroes, giant robots and even pirates! The full line-up is:

  • Patema Inverted (16th May 2014, 6:30pm)
  • Ghost in the Shell ARISE: Part 1: Ghost Pain and Part 2: Ghost Whispers (16th May, 8:50pm)
  • Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (17th May, 8:45pm)
  • Garden of Words (18th May, 1pm)
  • Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (18th May, 3:10pm)
  • One Piece: Strong World (18th May, 6:10pm)
  • Blue Exorcist: The Movie (18th May, 8:45pm)

Tickets for each film are on sale and available separately. If you want to not let this chance to see these films on the big screen go away, then head on over to the BFI website.

For those of you who wish to see Patema Inverted but can't make it to London, there are a number of screenings occuring at Arts Picture House cinemas the following day, although they are a part of the "Kid's Club" that won't admit someone over the age of 18 without a minor (although Anime Limited have confirmed that they are persuing the possibility of adult screenings). If you're interested in looking for local screenings, you can take a look at Anime Limited's website.

Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing Blue Exorcist: The Movie on DVD and Blu-Ray on 26th May, One Piece: Strong World on DVD and Blu-Ray on 30th June, while they have scheduled Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo and Ghost in the Shell ARISE for currently unconfirmed dates. Anime Limited recently released Garden of Words on DVD and Blu-ray and are planning to release Patema Inverted and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising later on this year.

07/04/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 7 Apr 2014
Anime Limited to Re-Author Durarara discs; delays DVD release Mon, 7 Apr 2014

Last month, Anime Limited released the complete season of Brain Base's 2010 anime adaptation of Ryohgo Narita's Durarara!! supernatural light-novel series on blu-ray, making the series available for the first time in the United Kingdom on the high definition format and with an English dub. Since release though, some reviewers and consumers have noticed that the release has a couple of errors, such as the lack of a signs track and occasional subtitle dropping.

Anime Limited have released a statement on the issue, indicating that the source of the error was on the end of Siren Visual in Australia and companies aren't happy with the issue. In response, Anime Limited will be re-authoring the series on blu-ray and will be offering a replacement program for people who have already purchased the release. The upcoming DVD release of the series has also be been delayed until a currently undetermined date, to allow these fixes to be present on that release.

New Anime Releases 06/04/2014 Sun, 6 Apr 2014
Animax UK reveals Spring 2014 Line-Up Fri, 4 Apr 2014

Last week, like any that bring a close to a season, was cruel on anime fans as we had to watch series' that we had religiously followed for three months (and sometimes more) all conclude within the space of seven days. Fortunately though, for every dark day there is one of piercing light - the curtains may have closed on the winter season, but the stage is currently being set for spring to take over!

Crunchyroll are still announcing their line-up, but UK anime streaming service have announced their full Spring 2014 line-up in one go!

Aniplex and BONES' Soul Eater NOT! is arguably the highest profile simulcast pick-up for the service. An adaptation of Atsushi Okubo's prequel slice of life spin-off of his more popular shonen manga series, the story of this alternate chapter in the story of DWMA's weapons and meisters centres on the weapon Tsugumi Harudori, a young girl who is "in love with love" and the students of the Normally Overcome Target classes, which teaches its students to control their powers so that they can live an every day life.

The Kawai Complex Guide To Manors & Hostel Behaviour, Brain Base's adaptation of Ruri Miyahara's comedy manga is the next addition to Animax's library. Kazunari Usa embarks on a pinnacle moment in life - the indepdence of living away from home. This new breath of fresh air is given an even sweeter smell when he discovers the girl of his dreams Ritsu attends the same school as him but of course, not everything is perfect. Living by yourself may mean now rules or curfews, but it does mean having so many responsibles suddenly thrust upon you - which is only made even worse when your next door neighbour has a penchant for lecherous behaviour! Will Usa's budding relationship with Ritsu be threatened by the weird relationship advise from Ritsu's aunt Sumiko and what will an encounter with an older, flirty woman on the street ruin Usa's dreams of the ideal independant life?

Although Akiyuki Shinbo is directing the currently ongoing Nisekoi, he and SHAFT are joining together once more along with Yuki Yase for  Mekakucity Actors. For two years now Shintaro Kisaragi has been living a life shut in his room as a hikkokomori, unwilling to leave his room until Ene, a cyber-girl who appeared on his computer screen when he received an anonymous email a year before, tampers with Shintaro's TV, forcing him to leave the confines of his room for the first time in two years.

Animax recently added the first series of Date A Live to their back catalogue for subscribers, so it comes as no surprise that they have secured the rights to supernatural romantic comedy's sequel. Picking up the story of Shido Itsuka and his encounter with Tokha, a spirit girl who wiped out the majority of the human race thirty years ago. As the laws of anime culture would dictate, the only way to prevent Tohka from inflicting another tragedy upon mankind is to date her!

Simulcast titles will be available for free for a period of two weeks, before being locked to subscribers. Will you be watching any of these simulcasts?

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Attack On Titan Compilation Films Announced Thu, 3 Apr 2014

Last year, the anime adaptation of Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan dystopian dark fantasy manga became a cultural hit, grabbing worldwide attention. This success has seen the release of spin-off manga, light novels, a video game, a live-action movie that's still in production and now, anime movies. The official website for the anime announced today that the events of the first television series will be retold through two compilation movies: Attack On Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow And Arrow, which will open in Japan this winter and retell the story of the series' first thirteen episodes and Attack On Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom, which will follow the events of episodes 14-25 when it is released next year.

Lead cast members Yuki Kaji (Eren Yeager), Yui Ishikawa (Misaka Ackerman) and Marina Inoue (Armin Arlelt) have been confirmed as reprising their roles from the TV series for the movies, which will feature a new dub and a 5.1ch remaster.

Manga Entertainment UK have licensed the Attack On Titan TV anime and are releasing it in the United Kingdom later this year.

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K - The Complete Series Delayed Thu, 3 Apr 2014

K - The complete series has been delayed untilt the 5th of May of 2014. The Blu-Ray/DVD Combo was supposed to hit the shelves in around two weeks on the 14th of April. Manga UK has not yet given any reason for the delay.

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Film Festival Update Kotatsu in Aberystwyth Wed, 2 Apr 2014

The organisers behind the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival have been very busy lately and with the festival approaching, now might be a good time to take stock of what has changed between the last post and now:

What we knew was that this year's festival is to be held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on June 07th and some of the films getting screened including Patema Inverted, Mai Mai Miracle and Colorful. In the latest update we find that there is now a second event which will be held at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the June 21st. Aberystwyth gets most of the programme except Colorful.

The short film, “By Your Side” directed by Tsuneo Goda has been added to the programme and will be screened at both events. The film is described as “the collaboration of Tsuneo Goda, the creator of Domo and the singer Sade, created thorough the project called Zapuni.” Here's the trailer:

 

The director of Patema Inverted, Yasuhiro Yoshiura, shows fans in the UK that he’s taking an interest in the film screening by leaving a special message on the front page of the Kotatsu site.

As well as films, the programme of events for Cardiff gives information on some of the things on offer from the Japanese marketplace including a food shop and raffle which will allow people the chance to win anime and manga and other items as well.

Full details of what will be screened and the times they are screened can be found on the programme page.

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31/03/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 31 Mar 2014
New Anime Releases 30/03/2014 Sun, 30 Mar 2014

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