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Porco Rosso on Film4 Tomorrow Sat, 28 Nov 2015

Studio Ghibli’s Porco Rosso will play on Film4 tomorrow at 11:00am.


Hayao Miyazaki's sixth feature film tells of the adventures of the titular 'crimson pig', a heroic flying ace in the Adriatic in the years after the First World War

Anime UK News Awards and Customer Satisfaction 2015 Survey Open Wed, 25 Nov 2015

Anime UK News has launched its first ever awards, inviting its readers to nominate the best in anime and manga from 2015. 

Awards cover not just the best anime and manga released this year, but also asks its readers for their views on the best anime distributors, the best manga publishers, the best streaming services, and the best conventions.

As well as our awards, we are also hosting a customer satisfaction survey, asking our readers about their viewers about the anime and manga business in general, and in the UK in particular. 

All those who take part in the survey are also eligible to enter into a prize draw for a £30 Amazon gift voucher.

The deadline for votes 14th December.


Psychological Thriller Manga Museum Gets a Movie Adaptation Tue, 24 Nov 2015

The psychological thriller manga Museum is getting a live-action adaptation and Keishi Ohtomo, the director of the recent live-action Rurouni films, has been named as the man in the director’s chair. The lead actor has already been announced and it is Shun Oguri who is soon to be seen on screen in Takashi Miike’s adaptation of Terra Formars.

The story involves police detective Hisashi Sawamura who is drafted into an investigation of a serial-killer who wears a frog mask and strikes only on rainy days. Sawamura’s case puts his own family in danger...

The manga is the creation of Ryousuke Tomoe and it was serialised in Kodansha’s Young Magazine between 2013 and 2014. It has been collected into three volumes.

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Win Ghost in the Shell Arise: Borders 3 & 4 Collection Mon, 23 Nov 2015
A staple in anime's popularity around the world, Ghost in the Shell elevated cyberpunk to a whole new level. Ghost in the Shell: Arise takes it one step further with a brand new story and breathtaking visual effects.

OVA 3 - Border 3: Ghost Tears The Major's attempts to move on with her life are derailed by terrorist bombings, a deadly investigation involving prosthetic legs, and phantoms from the past!

OVA 4 - Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone When the riot squad starts shooting citizens during the holiday season, the Major and her team must track down a terrorist hacker who operates under the name Fire-Starter.

To support Manga Entertainment release of Ghost in the Shell Arise: Borders 3 & 4 Collection on the 30th of November, we are pleased to say we have a copy to give away to one lucky fan!

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Enter our competition to win Black Bullet! Mon, 23 Nov 2015
The Gastrea virus spreads like wildfire, causing each infected host to rapidly mutate, gaining new powers and abilities with every stage of development, even while they continue to attack, kill and infect multiple new hosts. Unable to fight a pandemic enemy that turns defenders into adversaries, the shocked remnants of the human race are forced to retreat into cities surrounded by giant monoliths made of Varanium, one of the few materials that can stop the Gastrea. Now mankind's last hope lies in the Cursed Children: young girls infected with the virus who have managed to retain a hold on their humanity. Paired with a partner, they alone have the strength to take on a Gastrea in one-on-one combat. But the very thing that gives them power is a ticking time bomb, so even as they protect humanity, they are also feared and shunned. Are they Girls? Monsters? Or Mankind's Ultimate Salvation? The answer awaits as the apocalypse is unleashed in BLACK BULLET!

Animatsu and Anime UK News are offering one lucky winners a chance to win a copy of BLACK BULLET in DVD, enter the competition now!

New Anime Releases - 22/11/2015 Sun, 22 Nov 2015
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The Laughing Man Lined Up For DreamWorks' "Ghost In The Shell" Thu, 19 Nov 2015

The gears are finally starting to turn with DreamWorks' upcoming live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's cult cyberpunk classic Ghost In The Shell, with acclaimed actress Scarlett Johansson of Marvel Cinematic Universe fame attached to lead the film's cast.

After appearing alongside Johansson in 2014's Lucy, Variety exclusively revealed last week that the Danish actor Pilou Asbæk has joined the project as Section 9 heavy Batou and now, Deadline has perhaps given us a first look at what Section 9 may be having to deal with in this new theatrical venture.

According to the publication, English actor Sam Riley is currently in negotiations to appear in the picture as The Laughing Man, a cyber hacker who appeared prominantly in Production I.G's critically acclaimed anime series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Details regarding DreamWorks' adaptation have been scarce so far with even the name of Scarlett Johannson's character (Motoko Kusanagi in the original manga) being under wraps; so if Deadline's report is accurate, this could serve as our first proper glimpse into the upcoming Ghost In The Shell movie.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) is currently attached to directed a script penned by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) for a 31st March 2017 release.


First Live-Action "Attack On Titan" Movie Opens On 1st Dec Wed, 18 Nov 2015

Following the recent limited theatrical releases of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' and Boruto: Naruto The Movie, the United Kingdom-based anime distributors Animatsu and Manga Entertainment have revealed a third consecutive month of cinematic releases showcasing the biggest brands in the industry. Make sure your walls are sturdy before decorating them with colourful Christmas lights, because they might be torn down with the December release of Toho Pictures' Attack On Titan Part 1.

Directed by the acclaimed special effects guru Shinji Higuchi, this live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's phenomenally successful dark fantasy manga topped the Japanese box office when it opened in August and is now set to give English fans a grim reminder when it opens in select cinemas on 1st December 2015. You can visit the movie's official website to find your nearest showing.

Animatsu marketing manager Andrew Hewson made the following comment regarding this anticipated release:

2015 has been an incredible year so far! We’ve seen fans across the UK share their love and passion for anime by racing to the cinema for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Boruto: Naruto The Movie. But, the years not over yet and we are thrilled to be bringing this live-action adaptation of the incredibly popular franchise to cinemas. Prepare to experience the colossal action and horror of Attack On Titan up on the big screen.

A month after its Japanese theatrical release, the movie was followed by the conclusive Attack On Titan Part 2: End of the World. Manga Entertainment previously released Wit Studios' critically acclaimed anime adaptation on home video and a second season is currently in production. The original manga is currently being published in English by Kodansha Comics USA.

Shinji Higuchi is currently set to reunite with fellow Neon Genesis Evangelion alumni Hideaki Anno as co-directors of the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence reboot.


April Premiere Confirmed For Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4 Tue, 17 Nov 2015

Yuuki Ono will be leading the cast of the highly anticipated Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable as Jōsuke Higashikata when the series premieres in April 2016, according to a retracted announcement on the website for Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Magazine. The first trailer for the season is set to premiere at this year's JUMP Festa event on 19-20 December.

A number of alumni from David Production's previous adaptations of Hirohiko Araki's manga are scheduled to return for this new chapter, including director Naokatsu Tsuda, character designer Terumi Nishii and art director Shunichiro Yoshihara. Daisuke Ono (Durarara!!'s Shizou Heiwajima) will be reprising his role as Jōtarō Kūjō, with the rest of the currently confirmed cast being as follows: Yuuki Kaji (Attack On Titan's Eren Jaeger) as Kōichi Hirose, Wataru Takagi (Detective Conan's Genta Kojima) as Okuyasu Nijimura, Takahiro Sakurai (Bleach's Izuru Kira) as Rohan Kishibe.

The first television anime adaptation of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure was broadcast in Japan between October 2011-April 2012, covering the events of the original manga's first two "Parts", before Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders adapted the third between April 2014 and June 2015. The first series was recently released on DVD in the United KIngdom by Warner Bros. 


Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III Trailer Released Tue, 17 Nov 2015

Following on from the successful release of the first two parts in their Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin series, the renowned animation studio Sunrise revealed last month that the anticipated third part in their adaptation of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's manga has been scheduled for a Spring 2016 release. Yesterday, the official website for the iconic mecha franchise updated with the first trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Part III Dawn Of Rebellion, which is streaming in both English dubbed and Japanese-subtitled formats:

Japanese Subtitled:

English Dubbed:

The previous two episodes in the series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I Blue-Eyed Casval and its follow-up Artesia's Sorrow received limited theatrical screenings in Japan upon their respective releases in February and October this year and were also featured in the line-up of the MCM Loves Anime event in London, marking the first time Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin II Artesia's Sorrow had been shown outside of Japan.

The two currently released episodes are available for premium streaming on, as well as home video through Bandai Visual's Japanese Collector's Edition release, which is being sold in the United Kingdom through Anime Limited. Vertical Publishing are currently releasing Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's original manga in English.


"Fairy Tail Zero" Anime To Air In January Mon, 16 Nov 2015

A-1 Pictures' popular television anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima's popular Fairy Tail magical action series is still going strong, having recently surpassed 250 broadcast episodes and now, the world is set to expand further than Edolas.

Last year the author published a short prequel series titled Fairy Tail Zero, which depicts the events leading up to the founding of the franchise's titular guild. The fifty-second volume of the main manga series, which was recently published in Japan, has now confirmed that an anime adaptation of this origin story will premiere in January 2016.

Mamiko Noto has been confirmed to be reprising her role of Marvis Vermillion, the founding Guild Master of Fairy Tail. The principle cast will be completed by Katsuyuki Konishi, Hiroshi Shirokuma and Yoshihisa Kawahara, who will be returning as Yury Dreyar, Precht Gaebolg and Warrod Sequen respectively. 

Last weeks, Kodansha Comics announced that they will be publishing the single Fairy Tail Zero collected volume in July 2016. Kodansha Comics are currently publishing the mainline manga in English, while the anime is currently being simulcast by Crunchyroll and has previously been released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment.


New Anime Releases - 15/11/2015 Sun, 15 Nov 2015
The London International Animation Festival 2015 Tue, 10 Nov 2015

The Barbican Cinema will host the London International Animation Festival which lasts from December 04th to 13th and features a programme that features animated films from around the world.

The festival begins with an Opening Night Gala celebrating 25 years of award-winning work from British animator Barry Purves and then over the course of seven days there will over 200 animated short and feature films that have been selected from 2,400 entries that were submitted to the festival. The films programmed are set to screen across several categories including the International Competition Programmes featuring a British Showcase, Into The Dark scary shorts, and New Japanese Shorts - Beyond Anime.

The last category in particular will be of interest for readers of Anime UK News. New Japanese Shorts - Beyond Anime takes place on Monday December 07th at 9pm and at a time when Independent Japanese animation is featured in many international film festivals like Vancouver and Annecy this is a great opportunity to see some of the more imaginative and experimental titles emerging from new young Japanese animation. Names include animation hotshot Mirai Mizue who is here with what is described as “a merry musical kaleidoscope of colours and shapes dance and transform in this visual firecracker,” and Yoriko Mizushiri who is featured here with her 2014 short Maku, a sensuous and smooth film about bodily contact. This one played at this year’s Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival. You can watch the trailer below:


For those who want more insight into how films are made there will be guests attending the festival including world-renowned animators Barry Purves and Robert Morgan from the UK and Canada’s Luc Chamberland who will deliver workshops, ScreenTalks and career-spanning retrospective screenings. There will also be the UK premiere of Czech feature film Little From the Fish Shop directed by Jan Balej who uses beautiful stop-motion to tell a sad tale based on the classic fairytale The Little Mermaid, and a tribute programme for the recently closed down Netherlands Institute of Animated Film, and two programmes aimed at young cinemagoers from different age groups.

To find out more about the films, head to the festival site and follow it on Twitter.

Win Blade and Soul in our competitions! Tue, 10 Nov 2015
Alka is an assassin for the Clan of the Sword. She's on a journey to find the woman Jin Valel, who killed her master Hon. Jin is a demon-like woman who controls the Energy of Chaos and kills without feeling not unlike how Aruka has learned to kill in her work as an assassin. On her journey, Alka encounters three strange women, each a great warrior in her own right and grapples with her slain master's wish that she leave the life of an assassin behind. Manga Entertainment and Anime UK News are offering two lucky winners a chance to win a copy of Blade and Soul - Complete Season Collection, check the rules and enter now!!
Manga Entertainment Unveils Akame ga KIll Collector's Edition Mon, 9 Nov 2015

When the aristocracy of a flourishing capital are intoxicated by their own corruption, sometimes the only way to return the ivory towers to an untainted white is by spilling red.

At least according to Night Raid; a band of assassins pushing for a bloody revolution in White Fox's incredibly popular, violent and brutal dark fantasy Akame ga Kill, which will be making its way to the United Kingdom courtesy of Manga Entertainment. At this year's MCM London Comic Con, the distributor teased that the series will be receiving a Collector's Edition and today, they have revealed the contents of the highly anticipated set.

While we have yet to learn of a release date for the series, we now know that the Collector's Edition will be housed in a rigid box containing the first twelve episodes across two blu-ray discs and three DVDs, as well as the following extras:

  • Hardcover booklet.
  • Poster.
  • Sticker.
  • Temporary tattoos.

Manga Entertainment have also confirmed that more information about the release will be revealed later this week in an interview with Andrew Hewson, who serves as Marketing Manager to both Manga and Animatsu Entertainment.

If you would like to experience a taste of the anime series, it is currently available for streaming via the Crunchyroll service. Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's original manga is currently being published in English by Yen Press.


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