Hot off the heels of MCM Glasgow Comic Con it's time for the latest edition of the Anime Limited Newswire. There's a fair amount of news to catchup on if you missed any from over the weekend in addition to lots of new notes we can share with you. Read on below for details.
~ First of all a big thank you to everyone who came out to MCM Scotland Comic Con and stopped by our booth and/or attended our panels over the weekend. It was great to speak to so many of you. In case you missed them over the weekend we made a few announcements. They were:
~ In an update to the news of the Gundam The Origin II World Premiere, ticket information will be coming soon but we want to reiterate that the MCM Loves Anime event taking place on Saturday 24th October is an entirely separate event to MCM London Comic Con. You will have to buy a ticket to MCM Loves Anime to gain entry into the event. Once again there will be more information about how to purchase tickets and such soon. By the end of the week all going well.
~ Speaking of MCM London Comic Con, that is the next convention we will be at. You can expect details on our activity at the event across the weekend soon. However before is Scotland Loves Anime, that we (Anime Limited) are the official sponsor of this year.
The lineup is jammed packed and it includes the UK Premiere of our forthcoming title, Miss Hokusai, that will see director, Kechii Hara in attendance and will be taking part in a post-screening Q&A session too. You can get your tickets today HERE.
If you planning to attend the festival in either Glasgow or Edinburgh that includes the likes of the Attack on Titan films, Project Itoh's Empire Of Corpses and the new Ghost In The Shell movie to name a few. Click on the links below for details.
~ Staying on Miss Hokusai, over the weekend we posted an interview with Director, Kechii Hara. In case you missed it you can read it HERE.
~ Our next release is the highly anticipated Tokyo Ghoul Blu-ray Collector's Edition. It's available from next week, 5th October. If you want to see what you can expect from this check out our full unboxing HERE. A reminder that the DVD version will be following on 28th October.
~ Focusing on a title we know lots of you are excited about, Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 of 2 on Blu-ray, we wanted to share with you a provisional image (pictured left), and we want to stress it's provisional and not final, of what the case that will house the two Blu-ray discs of Part 1 will look like. We're still waiting to completely sign off on this, but as you'll likely start to see this particular image appear on certain retailer sites (if you haven't already) so we wanted to bring it to your attention now.
We can also confirm that the sleeve will be a reversible cover too! We expect the extras to be clean opening and tending title sequences along with commercials for the original DVD release. (This is the same as in the US release.)
We'll be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 on 30th November.
~ If you haven't got your copy already Sword Art Online II: Part 1 is available now on both DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD. You can check out a full preview of our Limited Collector's Edition release HERE.
~ Speaking of Sword Art Online II, Part 2 on both DVD and Collector's Edition Blu-ray will now be getting released on 23rd November as things stand. We're hoping to have details of what you can expect from our release soon, so please stay tuned for that. The reason for the date change is because we're waiting for the authoring to be completed for this title.
~ In addition to this we also want to make people aware that Ping Pong will now be released in the first quarter of 2016. We're hoping to have more details that we can share with you soon about this. We are waiting to receive the video assets for this title and that is what has caused the delay.
~ We also wanted to give you some updates on a few of our other forthcoming releases. You'll be happy hear that both Baccano and Samurai Flamenco Part 1 are on track. Packaging designs have been signed off for both titles and the QC process for both is ongoing as I type this.
Focusing on Baccano specifically, here's a look at the final visual for our release:
This is slightly different to a visual we shared a while ago where there was going to be an o-card/slip cover around the rigid case, but admittedly we like the artwork so much that we decided we wanted that to be on display from the get go. So in similar style to what we've done with our Sword Art Online II: Part 1 and Kill la Kill Part 3 releases, there will be a plastic wrap around the box and the information stuck to the plastic wrap.
For those wondering, the extras on our Baccano release will be Clean Opening and Ending title sequences, Promotional Videos and the Japanese featurette "Baccano! - The Complete Guide".
When it comes to Samurai Flamenco Part 1 (pictured right), we want to throw out a quick reminder that this is a subtitle-only release. This is because there has been no English language dub produced for the series. Our release of Part 1 includes episodes 1-11 of the series and has clean opening and ending title sequences as on-disc extras. It will also come with a 20 page booklet.
~ If you were interested in getting hold of Mobile Suit Gundam Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval Blu-ray Collector's Edition [Export Version] earlier this year but weren't able to when we were taking pre-orders, we're happy to report that we can now take orders for this once again through our web shop.
We have come to an arrangement with our friends at RightStuf in the USA as they have stock of this. So we're taking some off of their hands and making them available for the UK once again. As a note, it will cost £10 more as each will be shipped from the USA. if you're worried about possible customs charges, don't be as there still won't be any. More details at our web shop HERE.
~ Speaking of updates to our web shop, if you've been looking to try and get hold of a copy of our original Cowboy Bebop Part 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray release we've just had some retailer returns and have a few copies available to purchase! Stock is very limited for this so if you're looking to grab a copy this might be you best shot as it is now an out-of-print title and no more have been made since it was released. Get the details HERE.
The current simulcast season has all but come to a close. As things stand, our simulcast lineup for the forthcoming season includes the returning Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign and (as announced this past weekend) K: Return of Kings, but we can confirm there will be more to add that very soon. So please keep eye out for announcements as well as details of where you'll be able to watch K: Return of Kings.
Forthcoming Season lineup:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) - Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings - Simulcast details TBA
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront - Simulcasting at Viewster.com
But wrapping the current season, our lineup was:
The Heroic Legend Of Arslan (continuing from previous season)
Aoharu x Machinegun (aka Aoharu x Kikanjuu)
Castle Town Dandelion
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Episode 25 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 (from last week) was the final episode of Aoharu x Machinegun. It can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 (from last week) was the final episode of Castle Town Dandelion. It can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 of GANGSTA. can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 of Chaos Dragon are available now on Viewster HERE.
The first 11 episodes of Blood Blockade Battlefront are available to watch at Viewster HERE. The air date for the final episode in Japan has been set as October 3rd. Viewster will be airing the final episode and it should be available shortly after the Japanese broadcast all going well.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
The latest round of confirmation messages were sent later this week / early next week. As we mentioned last week we were waiting for a new delivery of replacement discs. We have received this delivery and we're aiming to get the next round of replacement discs sent this week. If you’ve yet to apply for discs please follow the steps of filling out the survey AND emailing us your proof of purchase. (Simply doing one of the two steps is not enough.)
We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. With MCM Scotland Comic Con this past weekend we're working to catchup on this as quickly as we can. if you haven't received a confirmation message by Wednesday of next week (7th October) please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com
If you have questions or concerns about your replacement request please feel free to email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com. If you have yet to apply for replacement discs please follow all the guidelines HERE.
Kill la Kill Part 1 [for units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 only]
As mentioned on our latest podcast (HERE) we will shortly be launching a replacement scheme for Kill la Kill Part 1. This only applies to units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014. (Following the event the products general retail release was delayed and the error of the English dub being out of sync by 0.4 seconds during one of the episodes was corrected.)
We are planning to have details on how this replacement scheme will be handled within the next week or two. Please keep an eye out for this information.
Here’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending. More specific information will be posted closer to the events themselves.
Here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule.
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
OUT NOW: 009 Re:Cyborg (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi)
OUT NOW Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
5th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
26th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (DVD)
2nd November: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Collection (DVD)
2nd November: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
16th November: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
23rd November: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
30th November: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi)
30th November: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
[TBC November/December] Baccano! (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)*
[TBC December] Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
7th December: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
7th December: A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray, DVD)
14th December: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
14th December: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
21st December: Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
January (TBC)*: Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
As confirmed during our panel at MCM Scotland Comic Con yesterday, we are happy to announce that we (Anime Limited) have licensed the series Assassination Classroom for the UK.
Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year!
A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!
"I'm a very big fan of the Assassination Classroom manga so when I first heard this was getting an anime adaptation I was very excited" says Andrew Partridge, president of Anime Limited. "Another element that got me excited for the series was that Seiji Kishi was the director. He previously directed Persona 4: The Animation which I thoroughly enjoyed watching."
We can confirm that we will be bringing this to both Blu-ray and DVD to the UK in 2016. More details will be forthcoming.
Though this concludes our string of announcements during the MCM Scotland Comic Con weekend, stay tuned to our site this coming week as we'll likely have an announcement or two to share with you.
Our next announcement from the MCM Scotland Comic Con weekend concerns two properties of a particular franchise, K. Today we (Anime Limited) are happy to announce that we have licensed the movie K: Missing Kings, the follow-up film the first Season of the 'K' project, and it's sequel series K: Return Of Kings.
© GoRA・GoHands／k-project © Copyright King Record.Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
"The K project is a franchise that I've always admired for how beautifully animated it is" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "In my opinion it stands out from the pack in that department. It's story is very interesting as well. I was really happy when it was released on Blu-ray/DVD in 2014 but I'll admit it was a little concerned when there was seemingly no news of K: Missing Kings coming to the UK following that. However an opportunity presented itself and I couldn't resist given how much I like the K Project. I'm really excited to see what we can do for our releases of both the Missing Kings movie and the Return Of Kings series. I hope people give it a shot if they haven't already sampled the franchise."
We can confirm that the movie, K: Missing Kings, will be receiving a Blu-ray and DVD release in 2016.
K: Return of Kings will be simulcasting to UK/Ireland, more details on this follow soon. It will then have a home video release in the future, we expect in 2016.
You can watch a preview for both below.
K: Missing Kings preview
K: Missing Kings synopsis: Based on the hit anime K, K MISSING KINGS picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you’ve grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. K MISSING KINGS also sees the return of popular voice actors such as Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Ono, and Tomokazu Sugita, reprising their roles for the first time on the big screen.
The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA being chased by someone.
K: Return Of Kings preview
K: Returns of Kings synopsis: In modern Japan, where history has strangely overlapped with reality. There, seven "Kings" with great superpowers existed. Along with their clansman to whom they shared their own power with, the kings each formed clans. Order bound by blue, red flames that cause chaos, irregularities that shine in white, and reforms branched off into green. The Kings, each with their own abilities, now...
The Blue King Reisi Munakata, the leader of the Blue Clan "Scepter 4," held great responsibilities on his back. The tower that Gold King Daikaku Kokujōji supervised called the Dresden Slate was still on his mind, and he felt a great burden by killing the previous Red King, Mikoto Suoh.
On the other hand, the former Red Clan "Homra" clansman Anna Kushina experienced the attacks from the green clan "jungle" and awakened as the next Red King. By doing this, she bound her comrades through a strong bond once again.
Finally, White clansmen Neko and Kuroh believe that the White King Yashiro is still alive, and seek his whereabouts. However, it was not just them searching for the White King. The Green King Nagare Hisui once again...
With "jungle" once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.
By Eija Niskanen.
Makoto Shinkai, a 42-year old anime director has built a notable career as a central figure of the Japanese post-Ghibli generation of animation directors. The difference is that Shinkai is labeled with any studio name, but has built his name by working alternatively alone, later with with a few other colleagues, mostly composer Tenmon. His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki, and many reviewers have noted on Miyazaki-type of elements in Shinkai’s work. Here such a thing would be the interesting airplane the protagonists build in order to reach the mysterious Ezo Tower. Another well-known reference to previous masters is the poem on of the protagonists reads in the beginning, by Kenji Miyazawa – better known to most readers here for the appearance of his work in Giovanni’s Island.
Alternative Japanese post-war history has been the setting of several anime films including Jin-Roh. Here the setting is formed with reference to WWII, since the ending of which Japan has been divided into two parts, with the main island Honshu and other southern-parts belonging to the U.S. zone and the northern-most island Hokkaido, here called Ezo being part of the never quite spelled out coalition called the Union, perhaps referring to the Soviet bloc. Continue Reading
Our second announcement of the day comes by way of the Scotland Loves Anime panel at MCM Scotland Comic Con today. As many of you know, Anime Limited is the official sponsor of the Scotland Loves Anime film festival taking place in Glasgow and Edinburgh in just a few weeks in October (details on that HERE) but with the help of Anime Limited there will be a special event taking place during the weekend of MCM London Comic Con in October, specifically on Saturday 24th October, with MCM Loves Anime.
Taking place at The Crystal, just a stones throw away from Excel London, MCM Loves Anime will be an event taking place separate to MCM London Comic Con, so you won't need a Comic Con ticket to be a part of it, where there will be four screenings of anime across the day.
Today we are delighted to announce that one of those screenings will be a double bill that sees the UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval followed by the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow! Yes you read that correctly, it's the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II in London, meaning you'll get the chance to see before its release in Japan!
What's more, representatives from Sunrise will be coming to London to celebrate this with the fans and following the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow there will be a post-screening talk that will include some exciting news for UK Gundam fans!
"Given my long history with the Gundam franchise in the UK going back to when I worked at Bandai, when the opportunity came up to have a World Premiere in London I jumped at the chance to make this happen" said Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited & Festival Director of Scotland Loves Anime.
"The event itself, MCM Loves Anime, is an extension of Loves Animation but is only possibly because Anime Limited are the official sponsor of Scotland Loves Anime this year.
"This World Premiere will be at a time suitable for people travelling and you'll have plenty of time to travel back home - we're very conscious of the fact that many fans will want to travel to this event if they're not already in the area for MCM London Comic Con. So we want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to make plans to attend.
"In total that there will be four screenings across the day at MCM Loves Anime, one of them is the Gundam double bill that includes the World Premiere, and while I can't share details on what the other screenings may be just yet, I will say one of them may involve 'Love' and might make people quite lively."
Ticket information for this event will be posted early this coming week. But we encourage you to keep an eye on cinema.AllTheAnime.com, as that is the hub site for the event. We will of course keep people updated with postings here at our blog and through our social media channels.
We want to stress that MCM Loves Anime is separate event to MCM London Comic Con being handled by Anime Limited. So you will need to purchase tickets to this MCM Loves Anime event to gain entry to it. However tickets will be priced keeping in mind that people will already be attending MCM London Comic Con or will be travelling in to attend MCM Loves Anime.
Expect more details this coming week! Stay tuned.