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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2015 Update Sat, 24 Jan 2015

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme starts in London in just under a week’s time and will visit various venues across the UK from January 30th to March 26th. This is the 12th festival and it goes under the title “It Only Happens in the Movies?” and there are a wide variety of films on offer which Anime UK News has already previewed. The films that festival audiences can see include some of the latest anime and recently released dramas as well as some classics:

Shinobu Yaguchi

Festival attendees will also get the chance to meet the special guest, acclaimed director Shinobu Yaguchi who is best known for his breakthrough hit Waterboys (2001). He will be attending the screenings of his latest film Wood Job! (2014) at ICA, London, Watershed, Bristol, QUAD, Derby and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.

The Japan Foundation has listed the following 11 venues as hosts for the festival and it provides good coverage of most of the UK:

ICA, London
Watershed, Bristol
Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Belfast
QUAD, Derby
mac birmingham, Birmingham
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

Dates, times, and tickets are now available to purchase at the venues. To find out more about each of the films, check out the preview of the festival and maybe you will find something you will want to see.

Related: Japan Foundation
Film4 to premier 'The Wind Rises' on 7th February Sat, 24 Jan 2015

Film4 has announced on Twitter that it premier Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises on Saturday 7th February at 15.25.

On 23rd January Film4 posted the following tweet: "Heads up, Studio Ghibli fans! We're screening Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises on Sat Feb 7th", with the following link to their website displaying more information and an advert for the film. According to DigiGuide it appears that it will be shown with the English dub. It also claims it will be repeated at 18.25 on Friday 13th January.

The Wind Rises was Miyazaki's last feature film he directed, although there still seems to be some confusion as to whether he has officially declared his retirement from making any more films, as he has already retired and returned several times during his career. 


As a young boy, the bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi dreams of flying a plane but when he learns he will be unable to become a pilot due to his poor eyesight, he instead decides to be an aircraft designer. On 1st September 1923 Jiro is travelling by train when the Great Kanto earthquake strikes. He assists fellow passenger Naoko and her maid who suffers an injury. He doesn't meet Naoko again till many years later after he has graduated university and has worked on various designing jobs, without finding much success. The two fall for each other and become engaged but Naoko is suffering from tuberculosis. While they try to enjoy the time they have together Jiro continues to work on designing his first successful plane, and will eventually design one of the most iconic planes of World War II, the Zero.

Marvel To Release Attack On Avengers Crossover On Free Comic Book Day Tue, 20 Jan 2015

Last year, two different geek worlds endured an incursion unlike any other when the Japanese popular culture magazine Brutus published Attack On Avengers, a one-shot crossover featuring the iconic superheroes of Marvel Comics battling Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan manga in the former's home of New York City. Considering the worldwide appeal of the brands involved in the crossover and the one-shot originally being published in English, this led to fans wondering whether international audiences will be able to read the What If? event and now, their wish has been granted.

As part of an event building up Marvel Comic's highly anticipated Secret Wars comic book event the publishing giant confirmed their plans for Free Comic Book Day, which includes "Secret Wars #0"; a special preview for the giant crossover event, as well as Attack On Avengers.

So not only do you get to read the special crossover chapter, but you get to read it for free!


Related: Attack on Titan
Anime Limited Reveals Q1 2015 Slate Tue, 20 Jan 2015

The leftover Christmas Pudding is now in the bin, the festive trees are now once again in the loft and the tired trecks to work resume - it must be the New Year! 2014 is now a distant memory and everyone is looking forward to what 2015 will bring. The Glasgow based anime distributor Anime Limited is among such people looking forward - more specifically, to their releases in the first quarter of this year. In a blog post added to their website today, Jeremy Graves outlined the distributors releases from January until the end of March, which is as follows:

January 2015:

  • Out Now: Giovanni's Island (DVD, BD, Ultimate Edition Combo Pack), Space Dandy Standard Edition (BD).

February 2015:

  • 2nd: Blood Lad (DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-Ray), Perfect Blue (Standard Edition BD).
  • 16th: Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning Standard Edition (DVD, BD).

March 2015:

  • 2nd: Kill la Kill Part 2 Collector's Edition (DVD, BD).
  • 23rd: Voices From A Distant Star/The Place Promised In Our Early Days Double Pack (DVD, BD).
  • 30th: Wings of Honneamise (DVD, Collector's Edition BD).

Additional, Anime Limited have promised that they will be revealing their Q2 (April-June) slate next week and have teased something special coming with their release of Space Dandy's second season!

What will you be buying from Anime Limited's Q1 slate?


New Manga Releases - 19/01/2015 Mon, 19 Jan 2015

New manga releases this week:

Akame ga KILL! 1

(240 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Arpeggio of Blue Steel 3

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.88

Black Butler 19

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

From the New World 7

(212 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.22

I Don't Like You At All,

Big Brother!! Omnibus 4 (7-8)

(384 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.48

Inu X Boku SS 6

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.39

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days 5

(240 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.33

Kinokoinu Mushroom Pup 2

(144 pgs) (DMP) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Lovephobia 3

(160 pgs) (DMP) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Magical Girl Apocalypse 2

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.53

The Melancholy of

Haruhi Suzumiya-chan 9

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Missions of Love 10

(168 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.06

Monster: Perfect Edition 3

(434 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.09

My Little Monster 6

(168 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.19

No Matter How I Look at it, It's

You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular 6

(144 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Noragami 3

(168 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.19

Resident Evil The Marhawa Desire 2

(176 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.19

Secret 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Sword Art Online: Progressive 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Terra Formars 4

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.24

Ubel Blatt 1

(400 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.99

Umineko: When They Cry

Alliance of the Golden Watch 3

(528 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.71

Until Death Do Us Part 8

(416 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £17.99

Buy from Amazon for £14.39

A Waltz in the Clinic

(200 pgs) (DMP) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.99

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier 4

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.63

Animatsu To Release Gatchaman Crowds Mon, 19 Jan 2015

News on Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson's Animatsu venture is still only just starting to come out, but earlier this month the new distributor revealed the first few titles that they will be releasing in the United Kingdom: Blade & Soul, Chaika - The Coffin PrincessComic Artist and His Assistants and the live-action Halo Nightfall.

Today another title was added to the list of upcoming releases, courtesy of NEO Magazine. Animatsu will be releasing NTV's 2013 science fiction anime Gatchaman Crowds on home video in the United Kingdom. Based on the 1972 classic Gatchaman, the series takes place in the summer of 2015 in Tachikawa, Japan - a city protectedby the "Gatchaman"; warriors who use the manifestation of their spiritual powers (NOTE) to fight. Shortly after their newest member Hajime Ichinose joins, the group will have to face their biggest threat - a gigantic alien bent on adding Earth to its list of destroyed planets!


Past Reviews of New Collections: 11/01/2015 Sun, 18 Jan 2015

This week a new collection of Fairy Tail was released. These episodes have already been reviewed by Anime UK News before, so here are links to those reviews.

Fairy Tail: Part 5

Fairy Tail: Part 6

New Anime Releases - 18/01/2015 Sun, 18 Jan 2015
Anime Screened in Japanese Cinemas This Weekend Sat, 17 Jan 2015

This weekend is a quiet one in terms of anime released in cinemas but there is one screening taking place.

Appleseed Alpha

アップルシード アルファ


Appleseed Alpha is Shinji Aramaki’s prequel to his 2004 anime Appleseed and its sequel, the 2007 anime Appleseed Ex Machina. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that is the result of a 22nd century world war, we are transported place to the ruins of New York City, a place inhabited by humans and genetically engineered clones called bioroids. The main characters are Deunan Knute and her bioroid partner Briareos. They work as mercenaries but are also looking for a highly advanced city named Olympus. They get their chance to find it when they encounter a mysterious girl and her cyborg bodyguard who claim they are on an important mission for Olympus and are fleeing a team of highly advanced cyborg mercenaries who are chasing them

The film is based on a manga by Shirow “Ghost in the Shell” Masamune and was made using motion capture and CG to achieve a look somewhere between animation and live action. The director is Shinji Aramaki and he has a long filmography in anime with work on Megazone 23 and the TV mecha anime Gasaraki. His name has become more familiar to western fans thanks to the Appleseed movies and the recent Captain Harlock movie. Each of these titles has been released in the UK and that includes Appleseed Alpha which is available in physical and digital versions.

As ever, trailers can be found on the news forum.

Crunchyroll Manga Now Free For All Premium Members Fri, 16 Jan 2015

While Crunchyroll is mainly known for its vast catalogues of anime and Asian drama, the company has recently expanded into the business of publishing digital manga series' in tandem with their Japanese publishers. Since Crunchyroll launched their manga initiative though, access to chapters have been restricted to exclusive Crunchyroll Manga subscribers shortly after their publication.

Today however, Crunchyroll's Marketing Brand Manager announced on their forum that from today, anyone who is already a Premium Member of the Crunchyroll service will give you full access to the Crunchyroll Manga library! To reflect this change, the manga-only membership will be phased out with subscribers being contacted about how to continue their membership, which will now include access to anime titles.

Also, for three months only, the entire back-catalogue of Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan and Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail will be available to read!


The Tale of Princess Kaguya Receives Oscar Nomination Thu, 15 Jan 2015

The 87th Acadamy Awards are almost on us and soon, we'll be able to see talented professionals from across the film industry gathering to a lavish ceremony to honour the world's most lauded films of the previous year. With the latest awards show set to take place on 22nd February, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the selection of movies who have been honoured with a nomination in one or more of the various categories.

One nomination worth mentioning, is Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), this unique animated feature is based on the Japanese folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The movie has already earned a number of awards and accolades across the globe, including winning the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards and the 40th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, as well as nominations for the 37th Japan Academy Prize and 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The movie will be going up against Disney's Big Hero 6, Focus Features' The Boxtrolls, DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 and StudioCanal's Song of the Sea.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is currently slated to be released in UK cinemas on 20th March 2015.


"Nintendo Anime Channel" Launching on Nintendo 3DS Next Month Wed, 14 Jan 2015

During Nintendo's "Nintendo Direct" segment earlier today, the Japanese gaming company revealed a slew of new video game titles and information on previously revealed titles that make up the company's Spring 2015 slate, including release dates for the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, as well as highly anticipated games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

One of their new announcements though, was that their current generation of handheld systems will be receiving an application next month called the Nintendo Anime Channel. This free application will allow users to watch episodes of anime series' that have been adapted from Nintendo properties, with the following titles confirmed to be available to watch when the system launches:

  • Inazuma Eleven
  • Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
  • Pokémon

The Nintendo Anime Channel will be available to download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop from 13th February 2015.

DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell Slated For April 2017 Wed, 14 Jan 2015

After signing on a big name such as Scarlet Johansson, it was really only a matter of time before DreamWorks' upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell received the greenlight and moved further down the production line. Last night, parent company Disney revealed a slate of brand new release dates for some of their upcoming features, which included the first indication that the company is seriously moving forward with an adaptation of Shirow Masamune's iconic cyberpunk series. 

Currently set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders based on a script by The Hoax's William Wheeler, DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell has been given a North American theatrical release date of 14th April 2017. The news also confirmed that the film will be released in 3D, as well as traditional 2D.

Are you looking forward to Hollywood's take on the classic series?



New Manga Releases - 13/01/2015 Tue, 13 Jan 2015
Animatsu Details Revealed Tue, 13 Jan 2015

The first details concerning new anime distributor Animatsu have been announced, in a press statement released today.

Eight anime titles have been confirmed, three of which have been named: fantasy series Blade & Soul and Chaika - The Coffin Princess, plus slice-of-life comedy The Comic Artist and Assistants. Two more titles will be revealed in the forthcoming issues of anime magazines MyM and Neo.

Animatsu will also be releasing live-action movies. The first will be Halo: Nightfall, and will be brought out by both Animatsu and Anchor Bay Entertainment on 16th March on Blu-Ray, DVD and as a digital download.

The company is headed by Jerome Mazandarani, with Andrew Hewson as marketing manager, who had both previously worked at Manga Entertainment for 10 years.

Related: Animatsu

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