It's been a long time coming since we released the first part of Sword Art Online II and this Monday (27th June) sees us bring you the final part of this series available as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set and on standard DVD.
Before we show you what to expect with our Limited Collector's Edition set, a reminder that you can pre-order your copy right now from the likes of Amazon, Base, Anime-On-Line and even our own web shop. This will also be available in HMV stores across the UK.
Given this is the fourth and final part of Sword Art Online II, the synopsis below will reflect the episodes included in this volume. If you're interested in our previous releases of the series CLICK HERE.
Synopsis: "Continuing ARC 3: MOTHER'S ROSARIO
Hearing rumors about an undefeated player known as Zekken, Asuna decides to mount a challenge. Zekken has been seeking opponents to duel for an ultra-fast 11-hit combo original sword skill. Not a single challenger has been successful so far, will Asuna succeed where so many have failed?"
You check out the trailer for Sword Art Online II from our YouTube channel below.
Once again we continue with the theme set from our Part 1 in that Part 4 comes packed in a rigid case with a shiny mirror like effect. Inside that you'll find a digipack that contains the two discs (1 x Blu-ray & 1 x DVD). Also inside the rigid case you'll find a 56-page booklet packed with information originally included in the Japanese releases relating to this final chapter of Sword Art Online II including episode guides, character art and an interview the people who were directly involved in the music of Sword Art Online.
In terms of on-disc content you will get
And now for photos of the finished product. As a note once again because of the mirror like effect we've used on the rigid case, it can be quite difficult to fully showcase this but trust us when we say it's just a shiny as the previous volumes of ours! You can also click on photos to enlarge them. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
In an alternate 20th century, humans colonised Mars after the discovery of an ancient alien Hyper Gate on the Moon. But on the Moon, they found another ancient piece of tech, the Aldnoah, permitting the colonists to advance faster than the Earthlings they left behind. They came to see themselves as the Vers Empire, a separate race with those who possess Aldnoah activation genes at the top. During an attack on Earth at the turn of the 21st century, the Hyper Gate exploded, warping the Earth’s crust and creating cataclysmic damage from the falling pieces; this became known as Heaven’s Fall. With restricted to Earth cut off, the Vers military retreated, instead setting up space stations around the debris belt and engaging in a ceasefire with the United Earth. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
There’s something undeniably alluring about the role of the assassin - whether it’s silently following and killing a target without arousing suspicion or bringing them down in a hail of explosions and gunfire, assassination is still viewed as “sexy” within popular culture. Anime isn’t immune to this, and the often mysterious or complex motivations of those who choose to become killers in this fashion undeniably makes for compelling entertainment, whether its narrative is driven by a “kill or be killed” situation such as Assassination Classroom or a mercenary for hire like Golgo 13.
This brings us to Riddle Story of Devil, which takes the glamour of the assassin to its logical conclusion by packing a single class of an all-girls boarding school full of them [how is that logical!? – Ed.]. In fact, of the thirteen girls within “Class Black” twelve of them are assassins, which means bad news for Haru Ichinose, the thirteenth member and also the target of all of her fellow students. Precisely why Haru needs to die is a mystery as the story begins, but the reward for whoever successfully despatches her is boundless, with the promise that they will be granted whatever wish they desire. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Here’s a paradox. Even as When Marnie Was There, Studio Ghibli’s Last Feature Film (Probably), plays in British cinemas, a new animated feature bearing Ghibli’s logo opens in the festival circuit. This is The Red Turtle, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, which debuted at Cannes before playing at another French event, the Annecy International Animation Festival. As we explained in our recent Marnie feature, The Red Turtle is only “tangentially” a Ghibli film. But it’s a good film, and the Ghibli connection is interesting.
The Red Turtle is a ‘castaway’ story. It’s about an unnamed man washed up on an island inhabited only by wildlife. The film’s early scenes concern his efforts to survive and escape. A mystery develops as the rafts he builds are destroyed by some underwater force. And then… the film develops in several unforeseen ways, although the trailer contains many spoilers – if you just want a sense of how it begins, watch the first thirty seconds. There’s more non-spoiler discussion of the film below, but we should address the Ghibli connection. Continue Reading
After a week off today we bring our a double edition of the Newswire bringing you up to date on various tidbits from Anime Limited HQ. Read on below for the latest news.
~ First of all our latest releases this week are Tokyo Ghoul √A on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Standard DVD, and Kill la Kill Part 3 standard edition on Blu-ray and DVD. You can find a full unboxing of our Tokyo Ghoul √A Blu-ray HERE. A reminder that it's only limited to 1000 units across all retailers. So once they're gone, they're gone.
~ We want to make a note we understand some retailers are listing different dates for Kill la Kill Part 3 but we want to 100% confirm it is available now. We are in the process of getting the dates amended with retailers.
~ Don't forget that Rage of Bahamut: Genesis and Lord Marksman and Vanadis are both available now on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD. You can check out our unboxing for Rage of Bahamut: Genesis HERE and Lord Marksman and Vanadis HERE.
You can watch the trailers for both below.
~ Looking ahead our next releases are on 27th June when Aldnoah.Zero Season 1 on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD, and Sword Art Online II: Part 4 on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and standard DVD. We'll be having unboxing for both at our site for you over the coming week. You can watch a trailer for Aldnoah.Zero, taken from our Facebook page, below.
~ Following that 4th July sees the release of Expelled From Paradise on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and standard DVD. You get a glimpse of our what our Ltd Collector's Edition set will look (right.) It will include 40-page booklet inside the rigid case that will also hold the digipack containing both discs. On-disc extras include trailers and the "Making of..." film too.
~ Also on 4th July, the standard edition Blu-ray of Terror In Resonance will be released.
~ Then the week after on 11th July will (finally) see the release Ping Pong: The Animation as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set.
~ This Saturday our resident giant Jeremy Graves will be at Sunny Con that takes place at St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club in Newcastle. There will be an All The Anime industry panel at 3:45-4:45 in Bamburgh Suite South.
You can find more details on Sunny Con at their site HERE.
You'll also be able to purchase a variety of our titles at the event at the Gundam Mad stall all weekend.
~ For those of you on the fence about pre-ordering our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set, we got confirmation today that in total nearly half the 1000 units being produced has been pre-ordered. A reminder that pre-order for this are exclusive to our web shop and Zavvi.
A reminder that the early bird price of £124.99 expires on 5th July.
If you're not familiar with our upcoming release of this visit Fullmetal.alltheanime.com for all the details.
~ We know it's been quite a while since our last Podcast so we wanted to give a small update on this. There's going to be a new episode within the next week or two that will feature audio from our two panels at MCM London Comic Con. It will likely be select parts from the Friday panel, including talking about Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition, and then the majority if not all of the audio from our panel on Sunday.
After that I'm hoping we might be able to make the podcast a more frequent occurrence during the summer. I (Jeremy) am currently toying with a few ideas internally to make this a possibility, because while we love recording the podcast unfortunately being able to actually find time to gather all the team together and record an episode is very difficult. Hopefully will have some news in the next few weeks about this.
~ And to conclude this weeks Newswire we want to bring you some new details on on our upcoming Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 Blu-ray release. As we've previously discussed we're going to be bringing you Part 1 in August, and it will be a Blu-ray only release. As was the case with our first print run of our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 release, we are delighted to confirm that the first 1000 units of our Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 release will come with a Limited Edition Box. (see left)
To highlight this right now, the limited edition box is NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ANY ONE RETAILER. No matter where you pre-order this you will receive the box with you order. We can promise this as it will be the only version available on day of release.
Our release of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 will come with episodes 1-25 of the series and include both the original Japanese language audio (with English subtitles) and the English language dub. To touch on this now, no our release will not include the original opening theme to the series. This is the case with releases of the series in English territories as well.
AllTheAnime.com EARLY-BIRD PRE-ORDER SPECIAL OFFER
Until 12pm on Wednesday 22nd June you can pre-order our release of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 with the Limited Edition Box for only £34.99.
As mentioned earlier in this Newswire Jeremy will be at Sunny Con this coming Saturday with a panel. In addition to we can confirm there might be a panel next weekend at MCM Northern Ireland Comic Con in Belfast, we're just waiting for final confirmation on that, and we will also be at MCM Ireland Comic Con in Dublin the weekend after.
Sunny Con @ St. James Park, Newcastle - Saturday 18th June
-- Panel @ 15:45
[TBC] MCM Northern Ireland Comic Con @ Eikon Exhibition Centre, Belfast - Saturday 25th June
-- Panel (TBC)
MCM Ireland Comic Con @ RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin - Saturday 2nd July
-- Panel (TBC)
MCM Manchester Comic Con @ Manchester Central, 30-31st July
Amecon @ Warwick Arts Centre, 29-31st July