Glasgow, UK 25 October, 2014 - Anime Limited, the Glasgow-based anime licensing company and parent company of All the Anime, are pleased to announce the release of the Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo) for the UK.
Albert is a young man of privilege in Paris, but the trappings of his aristocratic birth leave him bored and unsatisfied. Seeking adventure, Albert's restless spirit leads him to a festival on the moon - and to the Count of Monte Cristo.
An enigmatic man of charm and wealth, the Count of Monte Cristo's charisma and sophistication captivate Albert. The fascinated youth invites the nobleman to mingle within the upper echelons of Parisian society, and the Count is soon courting the favor of France's most powerful families. Little does Albert know, as his new friend walks the ornate halls of the highest class, the Count of Monte Cristo wants only to bring them crashing down through vengeance.
Gankutsuou will be released in the UK on home video - blu-ray and DVD - and on video on demand by Anime Limited. Andrew Partridge, president of Anime Limited says: "It's great to be able to release this classic series - based on a classic piece of literature- here in the UK and on blu-ray too! I really enjoyed this series when it was first out and I'm glad to bring it back to the front of people's minds. What can I say? We were due a classic release anyway!"
Gankutsuou's release date is yet to be confirmed in 2015.
Wont lie - I now have the Mako theme tune stuck in my head as I do this unboxing post - would do a video but alas rushed here so figured some pictures never go amiss for now!
Without further ado - here we go! Available for pre-order on Amazon still for release at start of November and we have a limited quantity of advanced units ready for sale at MCM London Comic Con - so better come quick!
You can pre-order on our store, buy it at MCM London Comic Con this weekend (while stocks last and they are limited) or on Amazon via the links below:
The only difference for the DVD version are the discs are red and of course DVDs :)! See below for some comprehensive pictures - hope you like it folks!
Phew! Didn't announce it before as were scared it may not come but we have a treat for Space Dandy fans (DVD or BD, Collectors or Standard)! We have an exclusive MCM Comic Con sleeve to give away!
All you have to do is buy it at the stand or show proof of purchase to get one! We're using Amarays at Blu-Ray size on this release due to varying disc counts - so you can use the sleeve on either Standard or Collector's Edition, DVD or BD without fail!
We'll have the standard version on sale at MCM Expo to celebrate Watanabe-san's visit and you can even get the bonus sleeve signed by the director during the weekend subject to queueing! Signing on Saturday at 15:00 - 16:30, Sunday at 12:00 - 13:30 at Table 4 in the Signing Area in the South Hall).
Here's some unboxing pictures too for the standard edition showing all the artwork off - the special jacket can be seen below too both outside and in the case!
We'll be selling this on stand 761 in the North Hall over the whole weekend - MCM sleeve in limited supply so best come quick! If you've the Collector's Edition just show us proof of purchase if you can (Amazon booking sheet etc).
See you at MCM Comic Con folks - until then, stay Dandy!
We've been getting some reports since Monday about a few Gurren Lagann Ultimate issues so I thought I'd take the time to address them here before training down to London MCM Expo with a Betelgeusean in tow (imagine seeing that in your carriage...)
Basically we're unsure what's happened here, stock was dispatched on time to Amazon based on their specs but seems that something went odd there. If you pre-ordered you will definitely get a copy of Gurren Lagann from Amazon, Zavvi or other retailers. We're unsure why deliveries have been delayed but as of yesterday over 800 had been shipped so we'd imagine the remainder will go out today or tomorrow.
It's very frustrating we know, but it's wholly a problem elsewhere in the chain - we're unsure what happened there!
What's the fix?
Sadly just requires time and patience - sorry about this one but it is out of our hands!
People are reporting (and we've verified with some of our stock here now) - basically what we have established so far (to best of our and Sony's knowledge) is that the printers did not leave the trays on the Gurren Ultimate digipack to dry long enough when glued - the result being most commonly the third tray is loose.
How printed goods work is this:
We / Sony commission a printer -> Printer produces printed goods -> Sony prints discs and integrates parts. What happened is the initial shipments of goods to the warehouse were also not up to scratch so the glue was likely knocked around even more.
What's the fix?
We've gone ballistic with the printers, as has Sony who are mortified this has happened given the project was a labour of love there too! The end result is that we'll be issuing replacement digi-packs as soon as possible (I'd expect by end of November latest) that are fixed and to ship them out to anyone impacted at no cost to yourselves.
We'll be setting up a contact information form in due course over the next week asking for your details to get these out to you if you were impacted by it (which by our estimate is between 40%-50% of units which patently were rushed). Take a photo for now of any impact and we'll sort that.
Some people have flagged that there are some video issues on episodes 5, 7 and 10 for Gurren Lagann. These issues were flagged in QC - at these points the images froze and the audio continued. We tracked down the reason for this - it was down to the masters we received having the audio but no video at these points.
If you're curious about them and haven't noticed them you'll find them in these points only:
At these points we made a call - we had to switch in the DVD footage as the best solution since no re-supply was possible in this case. Otherwise, you would have had 9 seconds, 13 seconds and a momentary image freeze with ongoing audio in its place. Not ideal. These are the only instances and as you can tell they are not over any crucial moments, so whilst annoying it doesn't impact the overall viewing pleasure & quality of watching Team Gurren on your big TV.
Some isolated cases of audio sounding flat on the Japanese 2.0 have also been reported, we're investigating now but it appears to be a Prologic II issue. While these instances were flagged during QC, the authoring house, ourselves and the majority of QCers couldn't replicate the issue. However, a deft reviewer did flag a point on ProLogic II decoding that corresponds to what was described.
What's the fix?
In the video's case - there is none I'm afraid! It shouldn't take away from the experience and if it does then we're very sorry to hear it but there's little we can do on that front. If it had breached 60 seconds or a manual capture error had occurred on our side then we'd be all over replacing this, but quite simply we can't do that in this case. It's a tough one but important to view in the context of the overall viewing experience and the price point of other markets.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope it answers your questions. As ever, feel free to comment and discuss.
MCM time is upon us again and sure enough - Anime Limited will be there in full force with some really cool friends & surprises! We'll keep this short and snappy so you can all absorb the details this time!
We're in the North Hall, Stand 761 - look for the All the Anime banner or alternatively you can find us on right across from the catering space in the North Hall in the central area!
MCM Expo are not messing around and we've worked with them to bring a huge guest back to the UK exclusively for Comic Con London! Shinichiro Watanabe is back as Guest of Honour courtesy of MCM Expo and he's doing three very cool things - two signings and a guest of honour panel!
Saturday 25th @ 15:00 -> 16:30 at Table 4, MCM Signing Area in the South Hall
Sunday 26th @ 12:00 -> 13:30 at Table 4, MCM Signing Area in the South Hall
All signings are free of charge but operated on a one item per-person policy.
Saturday 25th @ 12:00 -> 13:00 on Theatre B in the South Hall
Expect talk about Space Dandy and Watanabe's other latest work throughout the show - with a chance to ask your favourite question!
Space Dandy is all about the music and we're not disinterested ourselves! Expect the following on sale while stocks last:
- Space Dandy Vinyl Record - £18 (we have only 10 or so in stock so come quick!)
- Attack on Titan - Original Soundtrack - £10
We'll have a bevy of new titles available for sale at the stand including some not out yet - namely:
- Space Dandy - Regular Edition Blu-Ray
- Kill la Kill - Limited Edition Blu-Ray Part 1
- Kill la Kill - Limited Edition DVD Part 1
- HAL Collector's Edition BD/DVD set
- Gurren Lagann - Ultimate Edition
- Gurren Lagann - Standard Blu-Ray Edition
- Cowboy Bebop - Blu-Ray Complete set
All these will be on stand at cool prices so come by and check it out! We've a credit card reader on stand too so if you prefer to pay by debit or credit card - that's certainly an option for you! Pretty cool huh?
Our friends at Shokugan Candy Toys and others are coming along - check out South Hall stand 3003 and 2003 for a bit more information. Expect some amazing toys on display from some of your favourite shows...hit us up for some more info at the event!
Expect at least one more license announcement from us over the weekend online! Maybe even more ;)....