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"Tiger & Bunny" Live-Action Movie In Development Fri, 9 Oct 2015

When most anime fans flock to the New York Comic Con, they might be expecting distributors of anime and manga to reveal which titles they plan on localising for English-speaking markets, but this year, fans were met with the surprise announcement of an adapted release they might not have expected.

Tiger and Bunny cleverly combined the worlds of reality television with comic book heroes when Sunrise's television anime series was first broadcast in 2011 and following two theatrically-released animated instalments, Apollon Media's Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. will now be trying to be crowned King Of Heroes at the global box office, where they will no doubt face stiff competition from the likes of Marvel Studios' Iron Man and Warner Bros.' Batman.

The feature film will be produced by Imagine Entertainment and All Nippon Works, with Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code), Brian Grazer producing alongside Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailly from ANEW, as well as Masayuki Ozaki from Bandai Namco Pictures.

Kazé Entertainment describes the series as follows:

Sternbild City is home to people called Next, who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire hero points.Their activities are documented on the popular program Hero TV, which picks the King of Heroes in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he's been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero. 

Manga Entertainment released the original television anime in the United Kingdom on behalf of Kazé Entertainment, while the two theatrical features Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising are available courtesy of Anime Limited.


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"The Seven Deadly Sins" Added To Netflix Originals Line-Up Fri, 9 Oct 2015

When most people think of "Netflix Original" programming, their minds may jump to the critically acclaimed Orange Is The New Black or the gritty Marvel Cinematic Universe-based Daredevil. Last year however, the global streaming service expanded into the world of anime when it secured the rights to Polygon Pictures' Knights Of Sidonia, streaming it worldwide under the banner. A year later, Netflix have picked up another Japanese-animated series for their service.

Last year, A-1 Pictures adapted Nakaba Suzuki's fantasy adventure manga The Seven Deadly Sins into a 24-episode series and from 1st November 2015, the entire series will be added to the service's expansive library as a "Netflix Original". Kodansha Comics, the publisher of the original manga, describes the series as follows:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth—the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights—too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated … ? Prepare to get swept away by an epic fantasy story and colorful cast of characters that will rewrite the history of manga as we know it!

Netflix will continue to acquire exclusive rights to anime for their service going into next year as well, following an announcement that they will be streaming the television adaptation of Gamon Sakurai's horror Ajin: Demi-Human. The series is currently scheduled to be broadcast in Japan from January 2016. Saban Brands will also be using Netflix to host of Smile Precure's English debut, under the previously announced title of Glitter Force on 18th December.

Knights Of Sidonia is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of Animatsu Entertainment.

Source: Forbes

Related: A-1 Pictures
Boruto: Naruto The Movie Tickets On Sale Now! Fri, 9 Oct 2015

Last Friday we reported that Manga Entertainment UK had set a 10th November date for the highly anticipated theatrical release of Boruto: Naruto The Movie, an all-new feature-length adventure starring the son of the anime industry's most prolific ninja. Today, we can excitedly report that the distributor has opened an official website for the movie, where you can not only look up your nearest screening - but also book tickets!

Much like the hugely successful recent release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', this cinematic Shonen Jump adventure will receive a limited number of screenings in select cinemas across the country, so it will be worth keeping a close eye on listings leading up to the release date if you want to avoid disappointment!

Featuring a screenplay written by the series' original author Masashi Kishimoto, the Boruto: Naruto The Movie is set after the conclusion of the best-selling Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Manga Entertainment UK will also be releasing Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie on DVD and Blu-ray on 26th October 2015, followed by The Last: Naruto The Movie on 21st December.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Receives Extended Release Wed, 7 Oct 2015

Being the fifth largest movie last week clearly wasn't enough for one of anime's most prolific villains, as Manga Entertainment have confirmed that Frieza's highly anticipated conquest of the United Kingdom has been extended. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' can now be enjoyed in select cinemas nationwide until 15th October 2015, with the possibility of another extention not being ruled out!

The movie can be seen at a select number of Empire, Picturehouse, Odean, Showcase, Vue and independent cinemas. To find your nearest showing, you can head on over to the movie's official website.

Anime fans and cinemaphiles will have more to look forward to before the year is out too, with Manga Entertainment set to release Boruto: Naruto The Movie in select cinemas on 10th November 2015.

Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie Receives Slight Delay Wed, 7 Oct 2015

The road to ninja is now a little longer; two weeks longer, to be exact.

Fans waiting for a chance to enjoy the ninth feature-length animation starring everyone's favourite ninja will have to wait a little longer, following confirmation from distributor Manga Entertainment that the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie has received a slight push back and is now set to be released on 26th October 2015 - two weeks after its originally scheduled date.

Featuring an all original story conceived by the series' original creator Masashi Kishimoto, the majority of the movie takes place in an alternate reality where established, fan-favourite characters appear in ways you may not expect!

Manga Entertainment will also be releasing The Last: Naruto The Movie on DVD and Blu-ray on 21st December 2015, as well as Boruto: Naruto The Movie in cinemas nationwide from 10th November 2015.

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Mon, 5 Oct 2015

The 2015 Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival runs on Saturday, October 10th this week at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The films that are programmed are the same ones seen at the Cardiff run of the festival minus Perfect Blue. There might be one title missing but what is left is a selection of some of the best titles in anime history and some truly dazzling and amusing shorts to also enjoy.

 Here’s a look at the festival line-up with times and durations. Click on the titles to get taken to a webpage where you can find out more about the films and order tickets.

Aberystwyth: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Saturday 10th October 2015  

10:25                        Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise      121 mins

12:45                        A Letter to Momo      120 mins

15:00                        Tiger & Bunny: The Rising     108 mins

17:05                        Short Peace

                                   Extra Short Films that play before Short Peace:

                                   Maku    5m 26s

                                   The Night of the Naporitan   6m 18s

                                   The Small Garden   12m 22s

This is only the second time that the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival has run at Aberystwyth but the festival organisors have a lot of experience and are coming from a highly successful run at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts centre where there were many screenings that were sold out and moved to bigger cinemas to allow more people to see the film. With Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise and A Letter to Momo on screen, there is much to watch.

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival was launched in November 2010 and aims to screen the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience. To find out more about the festival, check out the festival website, follow them on Twitter, and read more about the films in the preview published on Anime UK News earlier this year.

Theatrical Sword Art Online Project Confirmed Sun, 4 Oct 2015

It looks like Kirito may finally be putting his amusphere to one side and taking his beloved Asuna to the cinema - at least in one way.

At the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival this week, the publisher of the franchise's original light novels announced that the animation production company A-1 Pictures are now working on a theatrical animation instalment in the Sword Art Online series. Series' director Tomohiko Ito is returning to helm the project, which will be an all-new original story penned by the series' original author, Reki Kawahara. Shingo Adachi is also returning as character designer. More details about the project will be revealed in the 10th October issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine.

Although fans in the west are still looking forward to Bandai Namco Games' upcoming European release of the PlayStation 4 and Vita title Sword Art Online: Lost Song on 13th November, the event also confirmed that an all new video game has entered development. Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization will mark the fourth console game based on the franchise when it launches on Sony's current generation platforms next year.

Last but not least, another of Reki Kawahara's hit light novel series' is set to return to the realm of animation. Following 2012's Accel World's television anime, the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival has confirmed that a new project has entered production at Sunrise. Accel World: Infinite Burst will feature an original story and new characters created by Kawahara and a number of voice actors have already been confirmed as reprising their roles from the original series:

  • Kuroyukihime - Sachika Misawa (Aldnoah.Zero's Rayet Areash).
  • Haruyuki - Yuuki Kaji (Attack On Titan's Eren Jaeger).
  • Chiyuri - Aki Toyosaki (K-ON!'s Yui Hirasawa).
  • Takumu - Shinataro Asanuma (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds' Crow Hogan).

A format for Accel World: Infinite Burst has yet to be confirmed.

Sword Art Online's first television anime series was released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment, with Anime Limited currently releasing the second. Accel World is also currently available on home video courtesy of MVM Films.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

New Anime Releases - 04/10/2015 Sun, 4 Oct 2015
Kizumonogatari Film Trilogy Opening In Japan Next Year Sat, 3 Oct 2015

Following an announcement four years ago and a series of successful television anime adaptations, the Japanese animation studio SHAFT will be bringing Nisio Isin's avant garde Monogatari light novel series to the big screen next year, according to an announcement made following the premiere of Owarimonogatari, the franchise's seventh television anime series.

Opening on 8th January 2016, Kizumonogatari I: Blood And iron will be the first in a trilogy of prequel movies telling the story of Koyomi Araragi's encounter with the vampire that turned him. The movie will later be followed by Kizumonogatari II: Passionate Blood and Kizumonogatari III: Cold Blood.

Series Director Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) will be returning to the project as Chief Director, with Tatsuya Oishi (Bakemonogatari) serving as Director. Hiroshi Kamiya has been confirmed to be reprising his role as Koyomi Araragi, alongside Maaya Sakamoto as Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, among others. 

MVM Films have been releasing the Monogatari franchise on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom since 2013, with their most recent being Koimonogatari in April of this year. Vertical will be releasing the Kizumonogatari light novel in English next month.


Blu-ray Confirmed For World Conquest Zvezda Plot Sat, 3 Oct 2015

Aniplex and A-1 Pictures' World Conquest Zvezda Plot television anime will now be headed to the high definitation blu-ray format when the series arrives in the United Kingdom next month, according to Jerome Mazandarani of Manga Entertainment and Animatsu. This news come following an announcement at the Manchester Comic Con earlier this year, where it was stated that Kazé Entertainment were only planning on releasing the series on DVD.

Written by the series' director Tensai Okamura (Blue Exorcist) and Meteo Hoshizora (Type-Moon), the comedic science fantasy series follows the middle schooler Asuta Jimon, who after a chance encounter finds himself roped into helping Kate Hoshimiya, a young girl at the end of the world-domination seeking organisation "Zvezda"!

Originally broadcast between January and March last year, Manga Entertainment will be releasing the series on behalf of Kazé Entertainment as a complete series collection on 2nd November 2015. Pre-orders for the blu-ray version will be available on Amazon next week.


"Boruto: Naruto The Movie" Opening On 10th November Fri, 2 Oct 2015

Earlier this week, Manga Entertainment UK led the highly successful theatrical debut of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', which saw Toei Animation's latest cinematic chapter of Akira Toriyama's cult series released over 90 screens across the nation; the largest cinematic release of an anime title the country had seen for some time. The United Kingdom is currently set to be treated to another cinematic outing next month, following news that the highly anticipated Boruto: Naruto The Movie will be shown in cinemas nationwide from 10th November 2015.

At time of writing, only 18 Showcase Cinemas have confirmed that they will be showing the picture, with more expected to be announced before the release date. The aforementioned cinemas are in the following locations:

  • Bluewater Cinema de Lux
  • Bristol Avonmeads
  • Bristol Cinema de Lux
  • Cardiff Nantgarw
  • Coventry
  • Derby Cinema de Lux
  • Dudley
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Leicester Cinema de Lux
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newham
  • Nottingham
  • Peterborough
  • Reading
  • Teesside
  • Walsall

Set after the conclusion of Masashi Kishimoto's best-selling manga series, this latest theatrical instalment takes the focus away from the franchise's titular ninja to tell an all-new story centring around his son, Boruto. Showcase Cinemas' synopsis for the movie is as follows:

Set after the conclusion of Masashi Kishimoto's best-selling manga series, Showcase Cinemas' synopsis for the movie is as follows:

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, the Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from their village and five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke's daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi. and Boruto, Naruto's son who shows great potential, but despises his father. Sasuke, who's been on a mission in another dimension, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to assassinate Naruto with the Rinnegan. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto. An inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension!

Boruto: Naruto The Movie marks the eleventh big-screen adventure based on Weekly Shonen Jump's Naruto manga series. Manga Entertainment UK will also be releasing the previous two movies on DVD and blu-ray later this year, with Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie currently scheduled to be released on 12th October 2015, which will be followed by The Last: Naruto The Movie on 21st December 2015.


Anime Limited Announces MCM Loves Anime Details Fri, 2 Oct 2015

This month, Anime Limited will be bringing a miniature version of the company's El Presidente Andrew Partridge's renowned Scotland Loves Anime across the border to London, England for MCM Loves Anime​, which will feature a host of anime movie screenings include the world premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow!

Taking place on Saturday 24th October at The Crystal just a short distance away from London MCM Comic Con, the event will feature four English-premieres with the remaining three mystery films to be revealed in the near future. The screening of the aforementioned world premiere will also be accompanied by Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval and a special presentation from Sunrise that will include some special Gundam announcements!

Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 5th November and will be need to be purchased in addition to a Comic Con entry ticket if people wish to attend both events. For one week only until the 12th, the usual £25 entry ticket will be available for an early-bird price of £20. The final film of the day should conclude no later than 10pm.

More information (and tickets once available) can be found at the event's official website.

Warner Bros. Death Note To Star Nat Wolff Wed, 30 Sep 2015

Following his leading role in 20th Century Fox's comedy-drama Paper Towns and his Teen Choice Award-winning performance in The Fault In Our Stars, twenty-year old Nat Wolff has reportedly signed on to his next starring role - in Warner Bros.' upcoming adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's hit manga series Death Note

While the name of the character Wolff will be portraying hasn't been named in Variety's report, their description of a student who finds a notebook with the ability to kill whoever has their name written in it fits that of the series' protagonist Light Yagami. 

Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Guest) is currently set to direct the movie, which begins production in Spring 2016 with a script by The Fantastic Four screenwriter Jeremy Slater. Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and Iron Man 3's Shane Black were both previously attached to direct.

Death Note has previously been adapted into a number of live-action works in Japan, including a Warner Bros. film trilogy starring Tatsuya Fujiwara in the lead role opposite Kenichi Matsuyama as the eccentric detective L, as well as an NTV television drama. A fourth Japanese movie, tentatively titled Death Note 2016 is also in development.

The original manga series was released in the United Kingdom by Viz Media, while the anime was distributed by Manga Entertainment UK and can currently be viewed on Netflix.


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Saban Promoting Smile Precure! As "Glitter Force" Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Over two years have passed since the conclusion of Toei Animation's Smile PreCure!, the ninth television anime in their Pretty Cure magical girl franchise, but it looks like preperations may be underway for the series' overseas debut.

WorldScreen's programming guide for the entertainent company Saban Brands (DigimonPower Rangers) has revealed a listing for Glitter Force, a girls' action series depicting artwork from the Smile PreCure! franchise. The series is currently listing as containing forty 22-minute long episodes, which is slightly less than the fourty-eight episodes of the original series. At the time of writing, Saban Brands have yet to announce an acquisition of the PreCure! brand. 

The franchise's twelth and latest instalmentGo! Princess PreCure, is currently being broadcast in Japan.

Source (via AnimeNewsNetwork)

Related: Toei Animation

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