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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Hit UK Cinemas Tue, 16 Sep 2014

Two live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies were released in Japan over August and September bringing the film trilogy to a dramatic end while breaking box office records. British fans of the franchise will be pleased to know that Warner Bros are bringing at least one of the films to UK cinemas. According to the website, Rurouni Kenshin 2 will launch on Friday 28 November.

The first Rurouni Kenshin film screened last year in cinemas across the UK and while there is no release date for the third film, it is expected to reach the UK at some point.

For more details such as a plot synopsis and trailer, head over to the forums.

15/09/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 15 Sep 2014
Blood Lad now available on Netflix! Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Anime Limited's conquest of streaming service Netflix is continuing in full force! After making Kill la KillGurren Lagann and Samurai Flamenco available on the service, the distributor has added another of their upcoming releases: the supernatural action comedy Blood Lad, an adaptation of Yuuki Kodama's manga of the same name that aired in Japan last year.

Blood Lad is set in the surreal "Demon World" and stars the vampire Staz Charlie Blood, who avoids hunting humans like his ancestors did. When a human girl, Fuyumi Yanagi accidentally wonders into the Demon World and is killed by a carnivorous plant and becomes a ghost, Staz pledges to help bring her back to life.

Anime Limited will be releasing the series on DVD and blu-ray on 27th October. The series is available for streaming in both English and Japanese.

New Anime Releases 15/09/2014 Sun, 14 Sep 2014
Love Stage!! manga to be released by Viz Media Sun, 14 Sep 2014

The original manga of comedy yaoi series Love Stage!! is to released in English by Viz Media under their SuBLime boys' love imprint.

The news was announced at the Yaoi-Con convention in on Saturday, who also revealed they will be releasing other titles, including new volumes of current series Hide and Seek, Starting with a Kiss and Embracing Love.

Love Stage!! follows otaku Izumi Sena, a boy from a celebrity family who does not want to follow their showbiz path. Instead he wants to make manga, despite his total lack of artistic talent. He eventually takes up one showbiz job, starring in a sequel to a TV advert he appeared in as a child. His co-star is big-name actor Ryoma Ichijo, but Ryoma is under the assumption that Izumi is a girl. When Ryoma discovered the truth, he eventually begins to form romantic feelings for Izumi.

The first volume will be released both in print and digitally in May 2015. An anime version of Love Stage!! was recently streamed on Crunchyroll and is currently still available to watch. The anime has been licenced in USA by Sentai Filmworks. For Anime UK News's review of the series, see here.

Amongst SuBLime's other new releases they are to bring out digital only releases of Ginger Honey (sequel to Natsume’s Devil's Honey) in February 2015; The Night Beyond the Tricorner Window in March 2015; and Special Delivery (first English language release by Akutagawa) in April 2015.

In returning print titles, the third volume of Hide and Seek is now scheduled for March 2015; the third volume of Starting with a Kiss for June 2015; and the third omnibus (Volume 5-6) of Embracing Love in August 2015.


Related: Love Stage!!, SuBLime
Canterbury Anifest festival to host Ghost in the Shell's Andy Frain and more! Sun, 14 Sep 2014

On 27th October, the South East's biggest animation festival, the week-long Canterbury Anifest will open, giving animation enthusiasts the chance to attend workshops and talks centered around the animation industry. This year, the Canterbury Anifest will be screening a collection of some of Japan's most iconic animated works from legendary directors such as Mamoru Oshii, Hayao Miyazaki, the late Satoshi Kon and more!

The event will open with a screening of short films submitted from across the world and will also feature a rare talk with Andy Frain, who is a founding member and the former CEO of Manga Entertainment, as well as an Executive Producer of Mamoru Oshii's iconic Ghost in the Shell, as well talks from Japanese film specialist Jasper Sharp and the comic artist Sally Jane Thompson. 

For anyone in the local area with an interest in some of the industry's most critically acclaimed works, you don't want to miss out on this opportunity!

The full list of film screenings is as follows:

27th October:

  • Canterbury Anifest Opening Night Short Film Screening (19:30 - 21:30)

28th October:

  • An Evening With Andy Frain (18:00 - 20:00)
  • Ghost in the Shell (20:00 - 22:30)

29th October:

  • Barefoot Gen (19:00 - 20:45)

31st October:

  • Patema Inverted (18:15 - 20:30)
  • Blood: The Last Vampire and Perfect Blue double bill (20:45 - 23:30)

1st November:

  • Kiki's Delivery Service (10:30 - 12:30)
  • Spirited Away (17:30 - 19:45)
  • Akira (20:30 - 23:00)

2nd November:

  • My Neighbour Totoro (17:00 - 19:30)
  • Tekkonkinkreet (19:30 - 21:45)

Full details, information on more events and tickets for each event are available on Canterbury Anifest's website. The anime movie screenings will be taking place at The Gulbenkian.

Anime Limited Reveals Patema Inverted's Ultimate Edition Artwork Fri, 12 Sep 2014

After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Anime Limited were able to fully fund an "Ultimate Edition" release of Yasuhiro Yoshiura's theatrical feature Patema Inverted.

Today, the distributor released an update regarding the Ultimate Edition release confirming some details on the progress of their work on the release. Sadly, they did note that the recent news of a delay to Gurren Lagann's Ultimate Edition has affected this release as well and that backers will be receiving their copies towards the end of October, which is still before the general release. The digital backer rewards will also be available around that time as well. Other backer rewards, such as mugs and quad posters will hopefully be sent out next week.

They also provided pictures of artwork for the title (but note that it has not yet been approved and is subject to change):

Anime Limited will be releasing Patema Inverted on DVD and blu-ray on 3rd November 2014.

Third Window Films and Other Japanese Titles at the Raindance Film Festival Thu, 11 Sep 2014

Anime UK News forumites were amongst some of the first to back an interesting Kickstarter project launched by Third Window Films to bring a selection of some of the most interesting indie film projects in Japan. The project was a massive success and now the films are due to be released in the UK in November. Before they get released, people will get the chance to see the films on the big screen at the Raindance Film Festival in September and October.

The festival takes place from September 24th to October 05th, at the Vue Cinema at Piccadilly Circus with a large selection of quality titles that have garnered great reviews on the international festival circuit.

Here is a press release from Third Window Films plus some extra titles from the festival:

Third Window Films will be promoting their 4 latest films at the Raindance Film Festival, with all 4 titles having directors over for Q&A sessions. Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats by Yosuke Fujita, The Lust of Angels by Nagisa Isogai, And the Mud Ship Sails Away by Hirobumi Watanabe and Buy Bling, Get One Free by Kosuke Takaya will all play. Plus A2-B-C director Ian Thomas Ash returns with his latest -1287 and actor Hoshi Ishida joins us for Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Touching the Skin of Eeriness.

Promoting the ‘New Directors from Japan’ release, all 3 directors will attend the Raindance Film Festival introducing their films and participating in post-screening Q&A events.

Third Window Films’ New Directors from Japan project was an innovative idea started through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign with the goal of creating a limited edition DVD & Blu-ray release to highlight young & upcoming directors from Japan. The Kickstarter campaign managed to reach its goal of pre-selling 250 copies in just 3 days from its announcement, and then the rest of the total 1,000 limited copies went up for sale and reached a high of #2 in the Amazon World Cinema sales chart! There are still a small number of limited edition copies available for pre-order, with a release date of November 24th. They can be pre-ordered here. The release focuses on three directors:

Nagisa Isogai whose film THE LUST OF ANGELS will play at the Raindance Film Festival on September 28th at 6:10pm. It will play back to back with Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s TOUCHING THE SKIN OF EERINESS which stars Shota Sometani (Himizu, Lesson of Evil) and Hoshi Ishida.

Both director Nagisa Isogai and actor Hoshi Ishida will be present for Q&As on September 28

Hirobumi Watanabe’s film AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY, which is also part of the ‘New Directors from Japan’ release, will play twice at Raindance on October 1st at 8:20pm and on October 2nd at 1:10pm. 

Director Hirobumi Watanabe, producer Yuji Watanabe and cameraman Bang Woohyun will be at both screenings and Q&As. 

The final director highlighted in the release if Kosuke Takaya whose film BUY BLING, GET ONE FREE will play on October 2nd at 4:10pm as part of the ‘New Directions in Japanese Cinema: ndjc shorts’ program which takes a look at a yearly project run by the VIPO organisation which helps young directors get their careers started by having them make 30 minute short films shot on 35mm.

Director Kosuke Takaya will be available for Q&As on October 1st and 2nd

Having its UK premiere at the festival will be FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS a comedy from Yosuke Fujita (director of Fine, Totally Fine) and starring Miyuki Oshima of Mori-sanchu alongside Asami Mizukawa and Yoshiyoshi Arakawa.

The film is a first for Japanese comedy cinema as it’s a major co-production between distribution companies in the UK, Italy, Germany and Taiwan. Fuku-chan has played at many festivals all over the world and recently won the Best Actress Award at the Fantasia Film Festival! It screens at the Raindance Film Festival on September 30th at 9pm and again on October 1st at 1:40pm 

Director Yosuke Fujita will be at both screenings and Q&As.

Also attending the festival will be IAN THOMAS ASH, the director of last year’s competition film A2-B-C, an international award-winning documentary on the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster.

His latest film -1287 will have its world premiere at Raindance, screening twice on October 1st at 1:10pm and again on October 3rd at 9pm.

Director Ian Thomas Ash will be at both screenings and Q&As.

Other Japanese films include the comedy musical How Selfish I Am!, Japan’s entry for the next Oscar ceremony, The Light Only Shines There. Unlucky Woman’s Blues is the latest title from prolific pink film director Shinji Imaoka, and The Horses of Fukushima provides a moving examination of the after-effects of the 3/11 disaster on a group of horses and the countryside they roam in as well as a number of shorts and music videos like White Sea and Ensemble.

Anime Limited Move Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition To 20th October Thu, 11 Sep 2014

Anime Limited's upcoming rerelease of Gainax's hit anime Gurren Lagann certainly is an ambitious one. The Ultimate Edition is packed with as much pretty packaging and extras that the distributor could afford and is looking to be one of the biggest releases the UK anime industry has seen in some time.

The release was originally scheduled for a 29th September release, but unfortunately, due to their printers experience an unexpected level of demand, after a week of silence, Anime Limited were informed that the shipment date has been moved, meaning that the release date for the release has had to be pushed back to 20th October.

Anime Limited have apologised for the delay, noting that it the situation is entirely out of their hands.

Anime Limited Confirms Kill la Kill Volume 1 Plans Tue, 9 Sep 2014

This December, Anime Limited will be kicking off their highly anticipated release of Studio Trigger's adrenaline fueled Kill la Kill television anime with the first of three volumes. Although there had been a lot of speculation about their plans, today, the distributor has confirmed the details for their release of the first volume:

The first volume will contain the first 9 episodes, with the rest of the series currently slated to be released over 3 volumes (as opposed to Aniplex of America's 5). It will also come packaged in a rigid box that holds a two-disc tray digipack, an art card certifying the limited edition release's number and a 188 page booklet of key art and storyboard illustrations. The discs will feature both English and Japanese 2.0 audio tracks, English subtitles and an English signs track.

The blu-ray edition of the release has a suggested retail price of £59.99, while the DVD equivelant is set at £49.99. A standard edition has yet to be confirmed, but Anime Limited did note that one wouldn't likely to be released until the latter half of 2015.

Will you be buying Kill la Kill?


Psycho Pass Comptition Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Leap into the world of Psycho-Pass, 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?

Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 1st September from Manga Entertainment UK. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit
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08/09/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 8 Sep 2014
Star Blazers Hollywood Movie Aiming For 2017 Opening Mon, 8 Sep 2014

Today, the Japanese Sports Nippon newspaper has announced that the hit anime series Space Battleship Yamato (known overseas as Star Blazers) is set to receive a Hollywood movie, which will be produced by Skydance Productions (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, World War Z). Christopher McQuarrie (Jack ReacherMission: Impossible 5) is currently slated to direct the feature, with Shoji Nishizaki, the adopted son of Space Battleship Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki listed as an executive producer.

The movie is expected to enter production after the completion of Mission: Impossible 5 and is expected to be released in 2017.

A Japanese live-action adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato was released in Japan in 2010 and then released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment UK on DVD and blu-ray last summer.


New Anime Releases 08/09/2014 Sun, 7 Sep 2014
MangaUK Going Blu-Ray Only With Ben-To And Good Luck Girl Licenses Sat, 6 Sep 2014

This weekend, the MCM Comic Con circuit is in Glasgow for the MCM Glasgow Comic Con and the United Kingdon's largest anime distributor, Manga Entertainment UK, is once again in attendance.

During their panel today, the company confirmed that they will be releasing two brand new titles in the United Kingdom, but what makes the announcement even more interesting is that unlike the vast majority of the distributor's upcoming releases, they will be forgoing a DVD release and only going with the high definition blu-ray format!

Ben-To from David Production (Inu x Boku SS, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) is the first of today's two announcements. Based on a light novel series by Asaura, the series is an action comedy about people who literally fight over discount bento boxes.

The second new acquisition is Sunrise's Good Luck Girl!, a supernatural comedy series adapted from Yoshiaki Sukeno's manga about a girl who has so much good luck that the world has gone out balance and the God of Misfortune who is sent to try and fix the balance.

Both series' have been licensed in North America by FUNimation Entertainment.


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